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A new cast and much more diversity: Everything we know so far about the Gossip Girl reboot.

Hello Upper East Siders, we have some news for you.

As you may have heard by now, Gossip Girl is back. And no, sadly not with Blair, Serena or Chuck.

Instead, a reboot of the hit 00’s show will be launching this year with a new generation of Manhattan’s young elite.

In the age of Instagram and influencers, what better timing?

So, from the plot line to the brand new cast, here is everything you need to know about the much anticipated Gossip Girl reboot.

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What will the Gossip Girl reboot be about?

Executive producer and writer from the original series, Joshua Safran, has confirmed that the reboot will indeed take place at Constance Billard School for Girls. However, the reboot will take place approximately 12 to 13 years after the original series ended.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Safran opened up about the plot of the reboot.

“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,” .

If you think back to the original series, the technology was a little… outdated compared to now. Now, Safran wants the new series to focus on the impact of social media and technology on the lives of the affluent teens of New York City’s elite.

A huge hint into what the new reboot will look like is the promo poster, which was shared last month.

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Yep. It seems the new Manhattan elite have swapped stilettos for sneakers.

We can never forget the fabulous heels and headbands from the original series, but this might just make a little more sense.

And don’t worry, those Golden Goose kicks have a cult-following and a seriously hefty price tag, so we assume that the fashion in this series will be just as incredible as the last.

Who is in the cast?

If you think back to 2007 when Gossip Girl premiered, the original cast were all in the early stages of their careers. At the time, Blake Lively was not the household name she is today. While the new cast are relatively unknown now, that probably won’t last long.

The first cast member to be announced in a lead role is Emily Alyn Lind.

 

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You may have seen her face before in Doctor Sleep, Revenge (she played young Amanda Clarke) or The Babysitter. 

So far she is the only cast member whose character has been announced. Lind will be playing Audrey, who according to Deadline“has been in a long term relationship and is beginning to wonder what more could be out there.”

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Other main cast members include Whitney Peak who you might’ve seen in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and award-nominated film, Molly’s Game. 

 

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Eli Brown, 19, who has starred in Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, playing the role of Dylan Walker, and few episodes of Netflix’s Spinning Out. 

 

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Broadway star Jason Gotay, known for performing in Bring It On and Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.

 

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And finally, the last cast member to be announced is Brooklyn-born Johnathan Fernandez. You may recognise him from Lethal WeaponGirls, and Younger.

 

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Will any familiar faces be returning?

“XOXO, Gossip Girl,” we all remember that voice. And don’t worry it’s not going anywhere.

The original Gossip Girl was narrated by Kristen Bell, and luckily for us, she will be coming back for the reboot.

Reported by TV Line and confirmed by Josh Schwarz and Stephanie Savage (the duo behind the original and the reboot), no one could replace Bell as the all-knowing voice.

They said, “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl.”

Sadly, there has been no news about any of the OG cast returning to the Upper East Side. However, their characters do still exist and will be addressed in the reboot.

When speaking with Entertainment Tonight,  Safran said, “It’s not a continuation or a sequel. It truly is just looking at a different angle. They are a part of the world. The characters talk about them and that they do exist.”

So until we hear anything more, we will keep our fingers crossed that Serena and Blair make an appearance.

The difference between the original TV show and the reboot.

If you think back to the original show, there wasn’t much diversity. So when discussing the reboot, Safran has stated that cast members and story lines will be inclusive of different ethnicities and sexualities.

“There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” he said. “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. So, this time around the leads are non-white.”

He continued to share that there will be queer storylines too.

“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.”

Where can I watch it?

The Gossip Girl reboot, which includes 10 one-hour episodes, will be launching with the new streaming service, HBO Max. (Yes, the same place where the Friends reunion will be dropping).

Unfortunately, there is no news so far on where we can watch it in Australia, but hopefully, we will hear plenty more soon.

Feature Image: The CW Network.

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