Disney announced that the two stars, who worked as siblings in the original series, are reuniting for what appears to be a sequel.
Gomez 31, will be reprising her character, Alex Russo, as a guest star in the pilot. Meanwhile, Henrie, 34, will be playing Justin Russo as a series regular.
The sequel will be detailing the aftermath of “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,” according to an official synopsis.
Janice LeAnn Brown will star in the lead role of Billie, the powerful young wizard in need of training, on the new Disney Channel series. Alkaio Thiele will play Justin’s oldest son Roman while Mimi Gianopulos will take on the role of Justin’s wife Giada.
Disney Channel teased the news on Instagram, and even shared a snapshot of the pilot script with a wand from the series.
“📍Waverly Place 🎥: Wizards of Waverly Place,” the caption read.
Henrie responded in the comment section, writing, “Get ready for the Russo’s to become apart of your family once again, but we’ve grown! 2024, the year 🪄 comes back ;)”
Gomez also shared her thoughts on social media, reposting the Deadline story, writing that she was ‘so excited’ alongside a heart emoji.
Gomez and Henrie will also serve as executive producers for the series, which already served a pilot order from Disney Branded Television, Deadline reports.
Gomez and Henrie starred on Wizards of Waverly Place alongside Jake T. Austin as three wizard siblings whose parents own a sandwich shop in New York City. The Disney Channel show premiered in 2007 and lasted four seasons, later spawning Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie in 2009 and the standalone special, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, in 2013.