Earlier this year, it was revealed that Disney was developing a pilot of a new spin-off series of the popular Disney Channel series, “Wizards Of Waverly Place”, and today, Disney has announced that it has given the green light to a series, which is currently going by the working title of “Wizards”.

The new series will begin production in Los Angeles next month and is slated to premiere later this year on Disney Channel and Disney+.

Aimed at kids and their families, the new series reunites two-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated Selena Gomez and David Henrie as Alex and Justin Russo, respectively, who also serve as executive producers. Gomez will guest star in the premiere episode, while Henrie will appear in a leading series-regular role.

New series regular Max Matenko (“Platonic”) plays Justin’s youngest son, Milo, and joins the previously announced cast, including Janice LeAnn Brown (Disney’s “Just Roll with It”) in the lead role as a young, powerful wizard Billie; Alkaio Thiele (“Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends”) as Justin’s oldest son, Roman; and Mimi Gianopulos (“Rutherford Falls”) as Justin’s wife, Giada.

The series follows an adult Justin Russo, who has chosen to lead a normal, mortal life with his family, Giada, Roman and Milo. When Justin’s sister Alex brings Billie to his home seeking help, Justin realizes he must dust off his magical skills to mentor the wizard-in-training while also juggling his everyday responsibilities — and safeguarding the future of the Wizard World.

Ayo Davis, president, of Disney Branded Television, said in a statement:

“‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ captivated hearts with its spellbinding adventures and big laughs, creating unforgettable memories for kids and families everywhere.  We can’t wait to step back into the magical world of ‘Wizards,’ inviting both longtime fans and a new generation to experience the enchantment alongside Selena, David, and our incredible cast and crew.”

Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas (“Raven’s Home”) serve as writers and executive producers, along with Gary Marsh (“Descendants: The Rise of Red”). Andy Fickman (“Race to Witch Mountain”) directed and executive produced the pilot and will direct multiple episodes.

The previous seasons of “Wizards Of Waverly Place” are available to stream on Disney+.

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Roger Palmer

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