The HBO Max spin-off has left GG’s fanbase wondering whether Blake Lively and Leighton Meester as Serena Van Der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf will be making a comeback. From what we’ve gathered so far, the new casting includes Emily Alyn Lind from Doctor Sleep as main character Audrey, ‘who is in a long-term relationship and is beginning to wonder what else might be out there’ (sounds like a blonde Blaire?), according to THR, as well as Whitney Peak from Molly’s Game, Jonathan Fernandez from Lethal Weapon, Eli Brown and Broadway star Jason Gotay, whose roles have yet to be disclosed.
The familiar omniscient narrator and voice of Gossip Girl is thankfully returning as Kristen Bell, the only constant from the cast that we are counting on. “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl” said the show’s producers in a statement. The plot twist is that the notorious GG will not be one person this time round, instead, everyone will be Gossip Girl. The remake will be written by GG’s original producer, Joshua Safran and executively produced by creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz.
The series’ storyline will apparently follow the thread of the original characters, eight years later, as a new generation of Upper East Siders. The spin-off’s own description reads “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 reboot will supposedly be tapping into the tropes of our time such as social media and the change in New York’s cultural landscape. Safran described the new series as an ‘extension’ of the original show rather than a sequel, ‘from a truly different angle’. At Vulture Festival, Safran also shared that “this time around the leads are non-white” and that “there’s a lot of queer content on this show.”
During the 2019 Tv Critics Association summer press tour, Schwartz told E! News “We felt like a version that was just our cast grown up… it didn’t really feel like a group of adults who were being controlled by Gossip Girl would make a lot of sense, so it felt like there was something really interesting about this idea that we are all Gossip Girl now, in our own way, that 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” When asked about the potential return of the original cast including Penn Badley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick, the shows co-creator Josh Schwartz told The Wrap “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 East Siders attending the school..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.” We desperately hope this will be the case!
Schwartz went onto say “If they feel like they played that part and have moved on, we respect that, and if they want to come play with us again, we would love to see them.”
Chace Crawford, who played heart-throb Nate Archibald, now 33, told Digital Spy last summer that he insisted on having a cameo in the spin-off with his co-stars, that they’d all ‘absolutely have to’ if their schedules allowed it. “I don’t know what it would look like with us being in our 30s now, but I always say, because it was such a big part of my life, I’m open to anything.. It would have to be really right, and really specific, and with TV and the golden age of the TV streaming service, maybe an eight-episode season” he told DS.
Lively also let Elle know back in 2017 that she was open to participating in a Gossip Girl revival, “It sort of all depends. Would I do seven years of the show? No, because its 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.” she shared. It’s now looking unlikely though as she is currently expecting her third child with husband Ryan Reynolds.
The 10-episode first season is to be released in May on HBO’s streaming service, we can’t wait! xoxo