AnnaSophia Robb Set to Portray Carrie Bradshaw in ‘Sex and the City’ Prequel

Feb 29, 2012 2:09am

The next – or at least the earlier version of – iconic “Sex and the City” main character Carrie Bradshaw has been selected.

AnnaSophia Robb, an 18-year-old actress best known for her role as real-life shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton in the 2011 movie “Soul Surfer,” has been cast as the shoe-loving, man-crazy Manhattanite in the CW network’s new series “The Carrie Diaries,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new show will be based off of author Candice Bushnell’s novel of the same name, itself a prequel to her book “Sex and the City.”

Robb — who apparently found out about her new job after some of the rest of us — took to Twitter Tuesday to express her joy in landing the role made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker.

“So excited for #carriediaries!” Robb Tweeted. “It was online before I even knew hahahaha oh technology.”

The Denver native began acting when she was nine-year-old, according to her official website, and had her first big break portraying Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in 2006. Since then she has had major parts in Hollywood fare like “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Race to Witch Mountain” and “Jumper.” This year she will be seen portraying Wendy in “Pan,” a reimagining of the Peter Pan story.

“The Carrie Diaries” will aim for a younger audience then the demo HBO’s “Sex and the City” targeted as it follows Bradshaw as a 1980s Manhattan teen navigating the world of boys, school and friendship.

Also starring on the show as Carrie’s 14-year-old sister will be Stefania Owen, previously seen on the short-lived sitcom “Running Wilde,” Katie Findlay from AMC’s “The Killing” and Ellen Wong from “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.” Both Findlay and Wong will play friends of Bradshaw’s before she met her pals Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte.

“Gossip Girl” producer Josh Schwartz will be on the executive producing team for the series, alongside Warner Bros. Television. And one member of the team that brought “Sex and the City” to the small screen is even on board, as former writer/co-producer Amy B. Harris will be adapting the book and be the showrunner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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