Don't hold your breath for Lonely Boy's return to the Gossip Girl universe. Penn Badgley, who starred as the series' resident writer and Sad Boy in the late 2000s, didn't give fans much hope for his possible return to the beloved teen drama, which is being rebooted by HBO.
The actor spoke to Entertainment Tonight about possibly reviving his role. "I have not had conversations with any of the creators yet, but you know..." he said.
Blake Lively and Penn Badlgey on the set of Gossip Girl in 2010
Badgley, who now stars in Netflix's thriller You, doesn't have a deep attachment to Dan Humphrey to begin with. "I think it's pretty clear that, like, I've never been a proponent of Dan Humphrey's," he added to ET. "I've never been necessarily the greatest friend or fan of Dan Humphrey, which now I reconcile in this way that I'm like, you know, I would love to contribute in a meaningful way to it. And I guess it would just depend on a lot of things."
He continued, "It would depend on how and why he's there, and I don't know... like, is it even... yeah, I don't know."
So, yeah, it's not looking very promising, Dan fans.
However, if Badgley were to end up appearing in the reboot, he won't be the only returning cast member. Kristen Bell, who narrated the original series as "Gossip Girl," has signed on to narrate the revival.
Gossip Girl 2.0 doesn't have a premiere date or a full cast yet, but it's set to live on HBO Max (HBO's new streaming service launching in May 2020). What we do know is that it'll deviate from the mostly white, mostly straight original story. Show creator Joshua Safran said that this time around, he and fellow writers wanted to create "a more inclusive show, looking at how social media has changed in the 12 years since the original Gossip Girl."
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