Gossip Girl is back! Eight years after the hugely successful series finale and loads of rumours of a reboot, we can now say for certain that, our fave Manhattan elite’s series is coming back with a reboot consisting of ten confirmed hour-long episodes.
Serena van Der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Dan Humphrey, Chuck Bass and Nate Archibald, made us dream of a life in Manhattan back in the day, and now that a reboot is in the works we can’t wait to deep dive into the insanely stylish, drama-packed lives of the Manhattan's most glamourous Upper East Siders.
As we eagerly wait to delve into the next round of Upper East Sider drama – and re-watch all over the previous seasons – BAZAAR has collected all the info you need to know about the cult-favourite series’ comeback.
Since Gossip Girl’s identity has already been revealed, what will happen now?
Well, there won’t be a mysterious blogger anymore. As the series co-creator, Josh Schwartz explained, “We are all Gossip Girl now, in our own way. We are all purveyors of our own social media surveillance state”.
Will our favourite Upper East Sider’s make a comeback?
As much as we would have loved to say yes, it is confirmed that you won't be seeing anymore of Serena, Blair, Dan, Chuck or Nate – or at least for the moment.
However, there will be a whole new generation young elite taking over Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The good news? Well, he’s left open the door for any of the original cast to make a special appearance, or even potentially return for the long haul. “We’ve reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening and we’d love for them to be involved if they want to be involved, but certainly didn’t wanted to make it contingent upon [them being involved]”, stated Josh.
Who will be the reboot star?
It was confirmed that Revenge actress, Emily Alyn Lind will be starring in the series reboot. She won’t be substituting Serena van Der Woodsen – because, let’s be honest, no one can replace her – but she will play the lead role of New York's new "it" girl, Audrey.
It has been revealed that Emily’s character will focus on her recently ended long-term relationship.We don't have much else to go on as of yet, guess we will have to wait and see!
As for the rest of the cast, according to the Hollywood Reporter, actors Whitney Peak from Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’ Eli Brown, Jason Gotay from Bring It On and Brooklyn-born actor, Johnathan Fernandez are confirmed to star in the series.
Is Kristen Bell going to continue narrating the series?
Yesssss! As far as we know, the famed narrator of the original series, Kristen Bell, will be making her big return to recite all the dramas surrounding New York’s elite in the forthcoming series.
Are the original creators staying on?
Another one we can happily confirm - Gossip Girl’s showrunner, Safran, will write and executive-produce the exciting reboot along the series’ original creators, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage who will also be attached to the new project as executive producers and co-writers.
What will be the plot about now?
Now that we know our fave Upper East Siders won’t be taking over the lead roles, expect to discover a completely different social scenario from what we were used to back in 2007 when the series started. We can predict that the plot will be heavily related to social media.
As we revealed earlier, there won’t be a mysterious blogger anymore. Instead, everyone will make the identity of the new Gossip Girl as part of this decade’s social media impact.
“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 how much social media – and the landscape of New York itself – has changed in the intervening years”.
However, most of the details are still underwraps but you know we will be following closely.
Where will we be able to watch it?
Well, you’ll have to get your hands on HBO Max, because Gossip Girl 2.0 will be released at Warner Media’s brand new streaming platform.
And finally, when does it release?
We don’t have an exact date as of yet but producers have confirmed it will be within Spring 2020. HBO Max is officially set to launch in May 2020, so we expect that the series release date will align with that.
Watch this space for more updates - xoxo, Gossip Girl.