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Disney Channel Announces Sequel Series For ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’

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Everything Is Not What It Seems

Fans’ prayers have finally been answered as the iconic wizard family is back! Disney Channel has announced that their series, Wizards of Waverly Place, will be returning with some familiar faces.

Be Careful Not To Mess With the Balance of Things

Wizards of Waverly Place is a Disney Channel original series that followed the Russo family. They were seemingly a normal family but held one big secret. The Russos were wizards who had a lair in their family’s sub shop. Jerry Russo, the children’s father, gave up his powers to be with their mother, a human. Now, he’s training his kids so one of them will become the family wizard one day. The show had lots of drama and even a movie with a family wizard competition. There was some disconnect as the events in the movie were ignored during the series. However, the season had an ending for the family wizard competition where *spoiler alert* Alex became the family wizard, Justin took over as the headmaster of Wiztech, and Max was to inherit the subway station.

Bring it Back

The series began in 2007 and lasted for four seasons. After the show ended in 2012, fans have been waiting for more. Anytime the cast would get together, fans speculated that they were hinting at a reboot or sequel, but it never came. Finally, the day has come. Disney Channel, Selena Gomez, who played Alex Russo, and David Henrie, who played Justin Russo, have officially announced that the sequel is coming, and it will be titled Wizards. Gomez and Henrie will appear in the pilot, but it has to be picked up to see more. Gomez added the article from Deadline to her Instagram story, writing, “So excited.” She also posted a picture of her and David from the show, saying, “We’re back.” Finally, she also shared a picture of the script’s title page, saying “Home again.”

What We Know

Gomez and Henrie will serve as executive producers. Gomez will be a guest star in the pilot, and Henrie will be returning as a series regular in his role of Justin Russo. According to Deadline, joining Henrie in the sequel are Janice LeAnn Brown, Alkaio Thiele, and Mimi Gianopulos. Also revealed by Deadline, the plot for the pilot will be written and produced by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, who were behind Raven’s Home. Deadline further announced that the pilot will begin “after a mysterious incident at WizTech, where an adult Justin Russo has left his wizard powers behind, opting for a normal, human life with his wife and two sons. But he gets a surprise when a powerful young wizard in need of training shows up at his door, and Justin must embrace his past to ensure the future of the Wizard World. The powerful young wizard Billie, whom Justin takes under his wing, will be portrayed by series lead Brown. Thiele will play Roman Russo, Justin’s oldest son; Gianopulos will play Justin’s wife, Giada.” Bill Chott, who played Mr. Laritate, took to TikTok to ask if anyone wanted him to join the sequel as he was just finding out about it as well.

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David Henrie and Selena Gomez in 'Wizard of Waverly Place' | Image: Walt Disney Studios

Yes, Please

Currently, Jennifer Stone, who played Harper, and David DeLuise, who played Jerry, have a podcast discussing acting, the show, and their lives. However, it’s unclear if the two would return for the sequel to the series. Max, played by Jake T. Austin, has been doing other projects, so he might not want to return to his Disney roots. Furthermore, he has not been mentioned, so it’s unclear if he will return. Selena Gomez, who fans most want to see in the sequel, is only scheduled to be in the pilot episode as a guest star, most likely to draw up buzz. She is currently doing her Hulu show, Only Murders in the Building, so she might not have time for the series even if she wanted to, or she might just want to produce. One fan commented on the post by Disney Channel saying that “if Selena aint in 70% of it PLEASE don’t bother.” More comments expressed that they don’t want it if it’s not the original cast. Many fans are excited, but if the pilot doesn’t go through, the show may never see the light of day. Furthermore, if the fans are disappointed with who the show stars, it might only last for a while. Stay tuned for more information and if Wizards will be filming past its pilot.

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Cast of 'Wizards of Waverly Place' | Image: Walt Disney Studios

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