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Calling all Upper East Siders – here’s your first look at the ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot

Gossip Girl reboot

It's been eight long years since we said goodbye to our favourite Upper East Siders, and while the Gossip Girl shaped-hole in our heart has been momentarily filled by shows such as Emily In Paris and Bridgerton, there's nothing quite as satisfying as a classic Serena van der Woodsen scandal. Thankfully, our appetite for drama will soon be satisfied, with news of a Gossip Girl reboot now definitely on the cards.

Although there will certainly be some major changes to the original series, bringing the premise of the show into the context of today, there's no doubt that the characters, storyline and of course, the fashion – will continue to resonate with viewers the same way it always has.

From cast details, plot predictions, first pictures and to find out whether any of Gossip Girl's original victims will be making a comeback, keep scrolling for all the details on the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot; including when we can expect to see it on our screens.


What is the plot of the Gossip Girl reboot?

While the reboot will certainly maintain much of the salacious charm we came to love about Gossip Girl, original writer and producer Josh Safran has made it clear that the new series will bring the issues of the Upper East Side into the modern landscape of social media – and the numerous challenges that accompanying it. Safron also revealed that the 10 episode series will place diversity and representation at the heart of the storyline, admiting during an interview at Vulture Festival that, “there was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show."

“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 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.”

Co-creator Josh Schwartz also confirmed to E! News that unlike the original series, Gossip Girl will not be played by a single character – allowing for several opportunities (and chaos, of course) we cannot wait to see unfold.

"There was something really interesting about this idea that we are all Gossip Girl now, in our own way. 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.”


The first teaser of the Gossip Girl reboot is here

On November 21, the official Gossip Girl Instagram account shared a first look at footage and photos from the reboot, featuring Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak and Thomas Doherty. The caption read, "Never fear, dears. Your one and only source is here. You know I could never leave you hanging. xoxo, Gossip Girl." In true Gossip Girl style, the images have that hidden, paparazzi flare, shot from iPhone and sent in as anonymous tips.



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Who has been cast in the Gossip Girl reboot?

The question on everyone's lips – who will rule Manhattan's elite in the new Gossip Girl reboot? While we don't know for certain whether members of the original cast will be making a reappearance, one thing we do know is that the show's iconic narration is not going away anytime soon. Kristen Bell will be reprising her role as the narrator (aka, the 'voice' of Gossip Girl), a role she held throughout the entire original series from 2007 to 2012. "Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl," producers announced in a statement.



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As for the reboots leading stars, Deadline has reported that the cast will introduce us to the Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford of this generation. Actress and musician Emily Alyn Lind is set to play a lead role in the HBO reboot of Gossip Girl – a character by the name of Audrey, which is already serving us major Blair Waldorf-vibes. Staring alongside her is Whitney Peak, an African-Canadian actress known for portraying Judith Blackwood in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and her role as Stella in the Academy Award-nominated movie Molly's Game.



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Other notable mentions go to High Fidelity's Thomas Doherty (who looks eerily similar to Chuck Bass), and transgender actress and model Zión Moreno, who recently stared in the 2019 film, K-12 and TV show, Claws.


When will the Gossip Girl reboot hit our screens?

If you've been praying for a Gossip Girl reboot as much as we have, we may have to hold on for a little bit longer. The series was slated to air in the US on HBO Max in 2020, however, Vulture  reported that the new iteration has been rescheduled for a 2021 premiere date. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, production of the series was temporarily halted; but according to Variety, was set to resume and finalise filming in October 2020.

To keep us going until then, the first images of the new Gossip Girl cast filming in New York City have surfaced, and it's everything we could have asked for and more. It seems as though the new cast have taken over the iconic Met steps, and in true Blair and Serena style, they look incredibly chic doing so. Here are some of the images we've seen so far.



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