When is the Gossip Girl reboot happening? – The Sun

When is the Gossip Girl reboot happening? – The Sun

August 31, 2020

GOSSIP Girl, the drama series starring Blake Lively, is set to return for a 10 episode reboot seven years after the original series.

The series followed the lives of privileged teenagers in New York as they navigate lies and drama.

When is the Gossip Girl reboot happening?

The Gossip Girl reboot was originally was due to become available on HBO Max in the autumn of 2020.

As the pandemic pushed filming schedules back, it will now be ready in 2021 – the exact date isn't yet known.

HBO Max is a new streaming service that launched in May 2020.

Will it star the original cast?

Co-creator Josh Schwartz said in 2019 that the new series wouldn't focus on the old cast – so it's unlikely they'll feature.

New characters will, however, reference Serena, Chuck, Blair and Dan.

Josh said: "We felt that a version with just our cast grown up, regardless of the challenges of getting those actors, didn’t feel like a group of adults controlled by "gossip girl" made much sense.

"We felt there was something interesting that we are all "gossip girl" in our own way and how that’s evolved, morphed and mutated and telling that story through a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids felt right."

The team aren't against the old cast returning to the series in some form, though their appearances haven't be confirmed.

Blake Lively spoke about this possibility, telling E!: "Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it's hard work and I've got my babies, and I don't want to be away from them that much.

"But I've just learned in life you never say never."

Penn Badgley more savagely told Marie Claire: "I don’t think any of us are interested in that, the creators or the cast," though he has since seemed to give a different impression towards the reboot.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight he said: "It would depend on how and why he's there".

Other core cast have given similar impressions, with Ed Westwick seeming the most hard to sway.

Kristen Bell – the iconic voice of Gossip Girl – will be returning which fans will be pleased to hear, so that's something that won't change.

In terms of new cast, Emily Alyn Lind has been confirmed as a lead role for the show.

She will play a teenager tired of her long-term relationship wanting to explore.

Other confirmed cast haven't had their character descriptions announced yet, but so far here is who you can expect to see feature:

  • Whitney Peak
  • Eli Brown
  • Johnathan Fernandez
  • Jason Gotay
  • Tavi Gevinson (is thought to have a lead role)
  • Thomas Doherty (is thought to have a lead role)
  • Adam Chanler-Berat
  • Zion Moreno
  • Savannah Smith
  • Jordan Alexander
Gossip Girl, a cult teen drama, ran between 2007 and 2012Credit: Warner Bros


What will it be about?

According to Deadline, the synopsis is: "Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.

"The prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years."

So the new series will focus on a new set of teens, rather than new actors picking up the characters of Serena and Blair.

The series promises to be more diverse, as writer Joshua Safran has said there will be more "queer content" and "nonwhite" leads.

The reboot will initially be 10 episodes long, each coming in at an hour.

The original series was based on a book series by Cecily von Ziegesar.


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