David Henrie opens up on reuniting with Selena Gomez for The Wizards of Waverly Place revival

The show is slated to premiere later this year on both Disney Channel and Disney+.
David Henrie opens up on reuniting with Selena Gomez for The Wizards of Waverly Place revival

We had previously reported that actors Selena Gomez and David Henrie are returning to the sequel of the highly popular Disney comedy sitcom Wizards Of Waverly Place.

Henrie, who is set to reprise his role as Gomez's on-screen brother Justin Russo, said reuniting with his co-star was an "awesome" experience. In an interview obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, he said, "It was awesome. We didn't want it to end. It was great. She's so good. She has such a quick wit that's only gotten stronger." Gomez will also reprise her character Alex Russo from the fantasy teen comedy series.

Henrie also hinted at scenes in the revival that will resonate deeply with fans of the original series. "We have a couple scenes that I think will choke up the original fan of the original show, and they're really touching, and they went really well. So, I'm excited for you to see it," he shared.

According to the official synopsis, the sequel picks up 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.

While Jake T. Austin, who played their onscreen brother Max, may not be returning for the sequel series, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise will reprise their roles as Russo parents Theresa and Jerry, respectively. Joining Henrie and Gomez in the revival is a talented new cast, including Max Matenko as Justin's youngest son Milo, Alkaio Thiele as his oldest son Roman, and Mimi Gianopulos as his wife Giada.

Filming for the revival series commenced in April under the direction of Andy Fickman, who also directed the pilot episode and will helm multiple episodes of the series.

Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, known for their work on 'Raven's Home,' have penned the pilot episode and serve as executive producers alongside Selena Gomez, David Henrie, and Gary Marsh. The show is slated to premiere later this year on both Disney Channel and Disney+.

The original series, created by Todd J Greenwald, ran from 2007-2012, and followed the Russo family, where three siblings - Alex, Justin and Max Russo navigated the challenges of adolescence while mastering their magical abilities. The cast also included Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise.

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