Even though the show’s finale didn’t really make sense for most us, Gossip Girl will forever hold a special place in everybody’s heart. From their head-turning outfit choices, their almost-too ridiculous lifestyle to the lesson about friendship, Blair Waldorf and Serena Van der Woodsen are undeniably iconic characters.
This is why when the reboot was announced to premiere in 2021, everybody was incredibly excited, especially when the show promised a more diverse lineup than the original series.
What do we know about the new Gossip Girl characters?
In the photos shared on 2nd of January 2021, HBO revealed the cast through Gossip Girl’s official Instagram. The lineup consists of Jordan Alexander as Julien Calloway, Savannah Smith as Monet de Haan, Zión Moreno as Luna La, and Thomas Doherty as Max Wolfe.
Followed by Emily Alyn Lind as Audrey Hope, Tavi Gevinson as Kate Keller, Eli Brown as Otto “Obie” Bergman IV, Evan Mock as Akeno “Aki” Menzies, and Whitney Peak as Zoya Lott.
Writer/producer Joshua Safran previously talked about the reboot and its characters, saying, “It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that.”
When did the filming start?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production faced delays but officially started filming in early November. The first set of pictures dropped on November 5th and showed the cast filming in New York City. This was followed by more paparazzi photos showing the new casts on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, recreating one of the original’s iconic setting.
What will the reboot be like?
According to the show’s synopsis, “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.”
Producers revealed that the reboot will feature 10 one-hour episodes and will be appearing in HBO Max. The setting will be 8 years after the original and will showcase a new generation of privileged teens in New York.
The original creators of Gossip Girl, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, will serve as executive producers while the original scriptwriter, Joshua Safran, will reprise his role.
Will the OG cast appear in the Gossip Girl reboot?
The show’s co-creator Josh Schwartz stated that they did reach out to Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick just in case they want to star in the reboot.
“We reached out to everybody in the cast before the announcement came and let them know that it was not contingent upon their involvement, that it was going to be a new generation of Upper Eastsiders attending the school,” he explained. “But, obviously, we loved working with everybody in that cast and it was such an important moment in our lives and six wonderful seasons with them that if anybody wanted to come back, we would absolutely love to have them.”
However, one cast member that will be looking forward to this reboot will be the OG voice of Gossip Girl. The omniscient narrator voiced by Kristen Bell.
“Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl,” Schwartz, Savage and Safran said in a statement.
Gossip Girl reboot released date
There’s no official release date yet but it’s due to drop on HBO this 2021.