Here is the first image of AnnaSophia Robb, star of the CW pilot The Carrie Diaries, as young Carrie Bradshaw. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, is based on Candace Bushnell’s novel, a prequel to her best-seller Sex And The City that was adapted into the iconic HBO series. It chronicles Carrie’s (Robb) coming of age in the 1980s when she asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan. It’s clear she already has her eclectic fashion style and sports her trademark curls too.
Carrie Diaries is written/executive produced by Sex And The City alum Amy B. Harris who now works for another series about young Manhattan fashionistas, Schwartz/Savage’s Gossip Girl on the CW. “Having been a part of the Sex and the City series, I felt such an honor and responsibility to the fans of the show to find someone who embodied the spirit of Manhattan’s favorite ‘It’ girl,” Harris said. “When AnnaSophia Robb walked into the room, we knew we had found her. Her grace, intelligence, sense of fun and her empathetic nature make her the perfect girl to bring our young Carrie to life. The fact that she loves a gorgeous pair of heels doesn’t hurt either.” Robb also has gotten thumbs-up from the actress who first brought the Carrie Bradshaw character to the screen, Sarah Jessica Parker, who sent Robb a nice note. Fashion was a big part of Sex And The City and will take center stage in Carrie Diaries too. The offshoot is paying homage to the original series by hiring Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman who cut his teeth as an assistant costume designer on Sex and the City. “It’s a rare invitation to dress a character whose reputation truly precedes her,” He said. “Having played a hand in designing for the Carrie we know and love, I am honored to be chosen to carry the torch — to illuminate the woman we know by discovering the young lady she was.”