News from our friends at B&B this afternoon. Young actress, Kimberly Matula has been cast in the role of the teenaged “Hope Logan” on the CBS soap. Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell announced it today. Bell explained the SORASing of Hope; “Aging the character of ‘Hope’ to a teenager allows us to bring the next generation of ‘Logans’ to the forefront, as well as play a broader range of the ‘Forrester’ vs. ‘Logan’ story. ‘Hope’s’ presence at Forrester Creations, as well as in ‘Brooke’ and ‘Ridge’s’ home, sparks an intense competition between ‘Hope’ and her step-sister ‘Steffy’ as well as creates new conflict between long-time rivals ‘Brooke’ and ‘Taylor’ as each woman is determined to protect her own daughter.”
“Hope Logan” is the daughter of “Brooke Logan” (played by original cast member Katherine Kelly Lang) and her son-in-law, bad boy “Deacon Sharpe.” She has been raised since childhood by her mother and her step-father, “Ridge Forrester” (played by original cast member Ronn Moss). Matula began taping The Bold and the Beautiful on November 19, 2009. Her first airdate is scheduled for January 11, 2010.