Casting has been announced for the new spinoff of That's So Raven, which will see Raven-Symone return as the character of Raven Baxter who sees into the future. The Disney show aired back in 2003 and was nominated twice for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Programming.
Actress and singer Anneliese van der Pol, who played Raven's best friend Chelsea Daniels on the show, has been announced to return as the kooky redhead. It was revealed on Monday (14th November) when she posted the exciting news via Twitter.
You may remember a few weeks back when Raven-Symone announced her return to the Disney show, at which point she also exclusively revealed her departure at the end of the year from her hosting duties on day time talk show, The View. No announcement has yet been made as to when her last appearance will be.
As well as the news about Chelsea's returning, E! News exclusively revealed last week two new characters who will be joining the show as Raven's kids. They are named Nia and Booker. Both have different personalities, and one has already inherited her mother's visions into the future. Playing a divorcée, the show will focus on the young pre-teens with Symone also producing the show.
The characters full description is as follows thanks to E! News:
"Nia, Raven's bold and confident daughter who frequently finds herself in over her head. She's well-intentioned and won't give up when she sets her mind to something (even if it gets her into trouble), and always wants to help people and do what's right. She just started middle school and is great at science (though average in other subjects)—and her life gets way more complicated when she suddenly gets the power to see visions of the future.
Booker, Raven's sweet, naive younger son, a young Donald Glover type. He's gullible and innocent and in no rush to grow up—and is an unapologetic mama's boy. He won't do something bad unless he's tricked into it (which is pretty easy to do), but will stand up for himself when he finally catches on to what's happening."
In a statement provided by Disney, the vice president of original programming Adam Bonnett described the show as "timeless". "Raven's brilliant style of fearless comedy was a driving force for Disney Channel's success around the world."