Gossip Girl reboot offers first look at the new cast

Hannah Lovejoy
·2-min read
Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

From Digital Spy

"Hey Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here"... it looks like new images from HBO Max's upcoming reboot of Gossip Girl were released earlier this week.

The snapshots show the fresh-faced cast outside one of the iconic original Gossip Girl locations, the steps outside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a favourite social spot for Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and her crew.

The new cast includes Thomas Doherty, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Jordan Alexander, Savannah Lee Smith, Evan Mock and Zión Moreno.

Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images - Getty Images

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The reboot will take a look at the lives of the privileged Upper East Side teens in New York City and the role that social media plays in their lives.

Fans of the original series will be pleased to hear that Kristen Bell will be returning as the voice of Gossip Girl – the creators of the show Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are also connected to the new project.

The original series of Gossip Girl ran for six seasons on The CW between 2007 and 2012 – the original cast including Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.

Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

During the Vulture Festival in November 2019, writer and producer Joshua Safran opened up about the reboot, he said: "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 non-white. 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 Gossip Girl spin-off will air next year on HBO Max – in the meantime, you can re-watch the original series on Netflix.

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