We bid farewell to hit teen drama, Gossip Girl back in 2012 when CW network wrapped up with the final sixth season.
The show shot the likes of Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Penn Badgely into the realms of acting stardom as the rich NYC prep schoolers who measured their social status by the blog of Gossip Girl – narrated by Frozen’s Kristen Bell.
Sadly, it has been confirmed that none of the original cast will be returning in the reboot which is set to start filming in NYC next month but we are excited to see what the new cast members have to offer.
The fresh take will see a more diverse cast, with non-white leads an effort to evolve the story through “a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids” in what co-creator, Josh Schwartz revealed would “subvert the paradigm of the original”.
So, we can expect things to be pretty different in the Gossip Girl universe with some “major changes” including an all-new cast (who are mostly unknown) such as Eli Brown, Jordan Alexander, Emily Alyn Lind and Whitney Peak.
The reboot is set eight years after the original Gossip Girl website went dark and follows a new group of NYC private school teens who will be introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.
Filming was set to kick off prior to the ongoing global pandemic, but things came to an abrupt halt when lockdown hit but with restrictions now easing a spokesperson for WarnerBros has confirmed that filming in the Big Apple will commence at the end of October and that production has already begun in Vancouver and Los Angeles.
The new series will consist of 10 episodes with co-creator Stephanie Savage returning alongside Schwartz.
Thankfully, the OG voice of Gossip Girl, Kristen Bell will also be reprising her role of narrator meaning there are some familiar elements in the revival.
Explaining more, Schwartz said the upcoming show wouldn’t technically be a ‘reboot’ but more of a “continuation of that world” adding that bosses had reached out to the original stars to see if they had wanted to be involved in some way but respected their decision to hang back on the new series.
The Gossip Girl spin-off will air on HBO Max in 2021. In the meantime, you can catch up on seasons 1-6 of the original series on Netflix. XOXO.