Gossip Girl reboot reveals new character details and pictures

Dusty Baxter-Wright
·5-min read

From Cosmopolitan

Despite the fact Gossip Girl's true identity makes no sense, we will always be obsessed with the CW show - which is why news of the reboot is so incredibly exciting.

It goes without saying that Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf will always hold a special place in our hearts. Whether it's their slightly ridiculous outfit choices, everything they taught us about friendship or the general drama of the show, we are Gossip Girl stans and proud.

Here's everything you need to know about the reboot, from cast members to what the show will be about.

What do we know about the new Gossip Girl characters?

In photos shared on 2nd January 2021, HBO revealed the new cast, who promise to be much more diverse than the original series. First up, we've got Jordan Alexander as Julien Calloway, Savannah Smith as Monet de Haan, Zión Moreno as Luna La, and Thomas Doherty as Max Wolfe.

Then we've got 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 said of the new characters and upcoming storylines: "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 Gossip Girl reboot start filming?

Following delays to production due to the coronavirus pandemic, the reboot officially started filming in early November, with the very first pictures from set in New York City landing on November 5th. On November 10th, more paparazzi photos from the set saw the new stars gather on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as they recreated the iconic setting from the OG show.

What will the Gossip Girl reboot look 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 have said the follow up will feature 10 one-hour episodes, appearing on HBO Max. It will be set eight years after the original (which ran from 2007 - 2012) and feature a new generation of privileged teens in New York.

Original Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will serve as executive producers while Joshua Safran, who also produced the first Gossip Girl, is writing the script.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Who will star in the Gossip Girl reboot?

In early March 2020, the first round of cast members were revealed for the reboot. Emily Alyn Lind (Revenge), Whitney Peak (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Eli Brown (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists), Johnathan Fernandez (Lethal Weapon) and Broadway vet Jason Gotay have all signed up as series regulars.

While Tavi Gevinson, Adam Chanler-Berat, and Zion Moreno were all part of the second round of cast announcements. According to TVLine, Legacies star Thomas Doherty has also signed up to the HBO Max show. In August, Deadline revealed Canadian singer and actress Jordan Alexander will also be joining the cast. Details about the characters they will play is yet to be revealed.

Will any of the original cast be in the Gossip Girl reboot?

It's not looking likely, but the show's co-creator Josh Schwartz told The Wrap they did reach out to the likes of Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick just in case they were keen.

"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."

Photo credit: Walter McBride
Photo credit: Walter McBride

Blake Lively also discussed a revival with Variety in April 2017, saying she wouldn't rule the idea of returning as Serena out, but that she wasn't overly keen.

"It sort of all depends," she explained. "Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it's hard work and I've got my babies, and I don't want to be away from them that much. But I've just learned in life you never say never.

Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin
Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin

"I'm looking to do something that I haven't done yet, not something that I did. But would I do that? Who knows — if it was good, if it made sense. We had so much fun shooting and living and working in New York City."

However, one key cast member will definitely be back as Kristen Bell has signed on to reprise her role as GG's ultimate gossip queen - the omniscient narrator.

"Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl," Schwartz, Savage and Safran said in a statement.

When will the Gossip Girl reboot be released?

We don't have a confirmed release date yet, but it's due to drop on HBO sometime in 2021.

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