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Prepare for the Russo family to re-enter your lives once more, but this time, we’ve evolved! Henrie also shared that 2024 is the year when the magic returns.
Selena Gomez and David Henrie are set to make a return to the Wizard of Waverly Place! In an announcement by Disney, the duo, known for their roles as siblings in the original Disney Channel series, will reunite for a sequel. Gomez, aged 31, will make a guest appearance reprising her character, Alex Russo, while Henrie, aged 34, will take on the role of Justin Russo as a series regular.
The sequel’s storyline will unfold in the aftermath of “a mysterious incident at WizTech, where an adult Justin Russo has left his wizard powers behind, choosing a normal, human life with his wife and two sons. However, he receives an unexpected surprise when a powerful young wizard in need of training appears at his door… and Justin must confront his past to ensure the future of the Wizard World,” according to an official synopsis.
Janice LeAnn Brown is set to take on the lead role of Billie, the formidable young wizard in need of training, in the upcoming Disney Channel series. Alkaio Thiele will portray Justin’s eldest son, Roman, while Mimi Gianopulos is cast as Justin’s wife, Giada.
Disney Channel teased this exciting news on Instagram, sharing a sneak peek of the pilot script featuring a wand from the series. The caption playfully hinted at the return to Waverly Place, stating, “📍Waverly Place 🎥: Wizards of Waverly Place.”
In response to the announcement, Henrie commented in the section, saying, “Get ready for the Russo’s to become a part of your family once again, but we’ve grown! 2024, the year 🪄 comes back ;)”
Gomez also expressed her excitement about the news on social media by reposting the Deadline story. She wrote that she was “so excited” alongside a heart emoji. Additionally, she shared a nostalgic throwback photo of herself and Henrie from the Wizards of Waverly Place set, captioning it with, “We’re back.”
It’s worth noting that Gomez and Henrie will take on the roles of executive producers for the series. According to Deadline, the show has already received a pilot order from Disney Branded Television.
David Deluise, who portrayed the onscreen father of Henrie and Gomez, commented on Henrie’s post announcing the new show, saying, “Reboot?” This comment raised concerns among some fans who were worried that he might not be involved in the project.
Henrie swiftly addressed these concerns by responding to a fan’s comment, assuring them, “We definitely plan on bringing back the original cast for the series order 🙌❤️.” This statement from Henrie clarified that the intention is to include the original cast in the upcoming series.
Henrie had previously discussed the possibility of rebooting the show during a 2020 interview with Access, revealing that he had “talked” with the “Calm Down” singer about the idea. In the interview, Henrie, who was joined by fellow Wizards of Waverly Place alum Gregg Sulkin, mentioned, “Nothing has happened yet, but there’s a lot of talk.” This suggests that discussions about reviving the series were ongoing, even before the official announcement.
Henrie elaborated on the discussions about a potential reboot, stating, “There’s a lot of talk. We all talk about it for fun. Nothing is official. We’ve talked about it, Greg, Selena [and] me. Everyone would be down, but it’s just a matter of time, I think.”
Gomez and Henrie, along with Jake T. Austin, were the main stars of Wizards of Waverly Place, portraying three wizard siblings whose parents own a sandwich shop in New York City. The Disney Channel series premiered in 2007 and ran for four seasons, leading to Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie in 2009 and the standalone special, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, in 2013.
During the interview, Henrie also shared his ideas for a new iteration of the show, emphasizing the importance of the family dynamic. He mentioned, “We said what made the show special was that we were a family, and that the family stuff together was like a family unit. I think a great place to start the show would be the opposite version of that … so if you started the show where the family is divided.”