Attention Upper East Siders: ‘Gossip Girl’ Is Officially Back!
And no, this is not another one of Georgina Spark's intricate plans.
Spotted! The first Gossip Girl teaser for the reboot series is officially out and it couldn’t be more thrilling! There have been some splashes of deets about this long awaited spin-off and let me tell you, there is a-lot to take in. Here’s all that we know so far including who gossip girl may be this time around!
Kristen Bell returns as the iconic, mysterious and all-too-familiar voice of Gossip Girl and lets be honest, nobody else could pull it off better than her. Referring back to Gossip Girl’s signature cat-phrase, the teaser is ended with the famous “XOXO”
In late April, the show’s producer Joshua Safran spilled some tea on the release date of the show with his tweet where he very casually mentioned “Oh hi also: show drops in July.”
However, we now have an exact date for the release which we can find on the series’s social media bio’s, HBO Max’s twitter and even in the teaser.
Mark your calendars everybody- July 8th is the big day!
Even though there is a-lot of secrecy involved regarding the plot- as you would expect, the official series 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.”
Extremely vague, but at-least it’s something! I think it’s safe to say that the story will involve a new generation of wealthy and popular prep school teens living their posh lives in the age of social media and modern technology.
In Cosmopolitan’s cover story with the cast of the show, journalist Brian Moylan revealed that “Gossip Girl has gone from blogger to something more like an all-encompassing social media platform.” He also said that there is apparently a big twist in the series. “The ‘twist’ that apparently exists but is so super top secret that showrunner Josh Safran can’t even whisper it to me in confidence,” he wrote.
We’re all dying to get to know the newest class of Constance and St. Jude’s, and lucky for us, the cast has been revealed!
Whitney Peak will be playing Zoya Lott. According to Cosmopolitan, She will be the “relatable”character in the flashy Upper East Side, like Dan Humphrey. Whitney can also be spotted on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Next, we have Evan Mock, as Akeno “Aki” Menzies. GG will mark Evan’s first acting role.
Otto “Obie” Bergmann IV will be played by Eli Brown. This isn’t the first time Eli’s will be starring in a spin-off of a popular teen drama. In 2019, he played Dylan Walker in Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
Tavi Gevinson, as Kate Geller. Tavi has appeared in shows like Scream Queens and reboot of The Twilight Zone.
Emily Alyn Lind will be portraying Audrey Hope (ngl, kinda getting Blair vibes), whose mother is an athleisure designer. Lind told Harper Bazaar that Audrey is “very into classic, old-fashion type things,” like Audrey Hepburn and Lauren Bacall. “very into the finer things in life.”
Thomas Doherty will be playing Max Wolfe. You might recognise Thomas from Disney’s Descendants 2, HBO’s Catherine the Great, or Hulu’s High Fidelity.
We have Zión Moreno as Luna La. She has previously starred in the Netflix series Control Z
Next, Savannah Smith portraying Monet de Haan. She is a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Gossip Girl role marks her first acting gig.
Lastly, we’ve got Jordan Alexander as Julien Calloway who according to Cosmopolitan is a teen influencer.
As of now it seems very unlikely for the original leads to be involved in the spin-off.
However, Chace Crawford told Digital Spy that he would “absolutely cameo” if a reboot featured new characters. He said “I’d have to!.” He also told August Man in 2019 “If there’s an opening in the future for doing a cameo, I would definitely be open to it,” the actor said. “The show was a big part of my life and was really special. I loved everyone on it, from the cast to the crew. We were a real family.”
Leighton Meester also gave us a slight ray of hope. “No one’s ever asked me,” Leighton told E! News before the new show was confirmed. “No one’s ever talked to me about it except for in interviews, and I always say the same: I never say never, so I don’t know. No one’s sent me that information.”
The cast will definitely be featured in the show though. In a 2019 interview with Entertainment Weekly, “They are a part of the world,” Safran said. “The characters talk about them and that they do exist. So yeah, I would love to have them come back. The show jumped five years in the future when it ended and we are past that five years now, so it’s whole new things that they could be doing.”
Let’s hope to be surprised! (fingers crossed)
Just like the original leads, the preppy new characters will be attending the Constance Billard and St. Jude’s school.
In January, Gossip Girl’s official Instagram account shared some snaps of what the new set and uniforms look like.
In November 2020, we also got some of the first few pics of the cast filming and they were *chefs kiss* considering the fact that they were taken while the cast sat on the steps of the Met, similarly to how Serena, Blair and rest of the posse would.
Unlike the original series, we should expect to see more diversity this time. Safran also told Vulture that the new storyline will better reflect the diversity of youth in New York City, with nonwhite lead roles and a lot of queer content.
“I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl,” he explained. “So this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.”
Also, Whitney Peak told Cosmopolitan, “I want all the hers and the hes and the theys and the people of colour from all over the world to be able to watch the show and think, That’s a person who looks like me. I don’t have to be the stereotypical idea of who I am.”
In an interview with E! News, Schwartz said that the identity of Gossip Girl will not be a mystery.
“It didn’t really feel like a group of adults who were being controlled by Gossip Girl would make a lot of sense, so it felt like there was something really interesting about this idea that we are all Gossip Girl now, in our own way…that we are all purveyors of our own social media surveillance state and how that’s evolved and how that has morphed and mutated, and telling that story through a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids felt like the right time.”
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