You thought Wizards of Waverly Place was over — but everything is not as it seems. Disney has announced that Selena Gomez has signed on to star in and executive produce a one-hour Wizards reunion special, which will air in early 2013. Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise, and Gregg Sulkin will reprise their magical roles as well.
The special will follow Gomez’s Alex and the rest of the Russo family as they visit long-lost relatives in Tuscany. A spell gone awry splits Alex in two, resulting in an Evil Alex who wants to take over the world — and a Good Alex who must stop Evil Alex at any cost. The story leads to a climactic battle between Alex’s two selves atop the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Wizards‘ series finale, which aired in January 2012, attracted 11.3 million total viewers, making it the number one cable kids’ telecast of all time. Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie became the second most-watched cable TV movie of all time — after High School Musical 2 — when its premiere garnered 13.5 million total viewers in 2009.
Gomez can currently be heard as the voice of Mavis, Dracula’s daughter, in Hotel Trannsylvania. She’ll show her more adult side in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, which will appear in theaters in 2013 — not long after the Wizards special airs on the Disney Channel.