Selena Gomez, 20, Returns to Her Disney Channel Roots -- as Producer and Star of New Project THR
A young Disney Channel star who has gone on to a successful career in movies and pop music is headed back to the channel with a project that will revisit her roots. Selena Gomez will be a key player in a new TV movie version of the hit show "The Wizards of Waverly Place," according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed.
Gomez, 20, is probably still best known for her work as Alex Russo, the lead character in the Emmy-winning Disney TV series. The new project will reunite her with “Wizards” co-stars Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise and Gregg Sulkin, the story notes.
Gomez will executive produce and star in the project, which is set to begin filming next month and is scheduled for a premiere in early 2013, the report says.
In the movie, the Russo family travels to Tuscany to meet some relatives, but Alex inadvertently creates a spell that creates a "good" Alex and an "evil" Alex, the story adds.
The series ended its four-season run on the Disney Channel on Jan. 6.
"With the phenomenal ratings of the 'Wizards' finale earlier this year, it became clear that fans of the series were not ready to say goodbye to Selena or the rest of the 'Wizards' cast," said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide.
The series previously spawned the successful Disney Channel TV movie “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie” in 2009.