Carrie Bradshaw has been cast for the CW’s dreaded Sex and the City prequel

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AnnaSophia Robb

The CW has come one step closer to officially making America's worst fears a reality: they've cast the role of a Carrie Bradshaw in the upcoming Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries.

The hugely misguided project — which will follow Carrie as a high schooler prancing around New York in the '80s — will now star eighteen-year-old AnnaSophia Robb, who has previously starred in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Bridge to Terabithia. "The focus is so much on Carrie Bradshaw's character and who she was at sixteen, seventeen years old," said a CW executive. "We weirdly compare it to Smallville because it's an origin story — how she started writing, how she came to love Manhattan." Well, there's no arguing with that. The world has been clamoring for a female version of Smallville for years, no?

In more promising news, one of the executive producers is Josh Schwartz, the mastermind behind The O.C. and Gossip Girl. If that means that Carrie Diaries will end up as more of a classic teen soap and less an extension of a franchise that's already beaten itself into the ground many times over, I could get on board. After all, there could be something satisfying in seeing Carrie sneaking Bartles & Jaymes instead of swanning around money-drenched '90s New York with a cosmo. Or, it could be just as grating as I expect it to be.