1. THERE WILL BE TEN NEW EPISODES
HBO Max (Warner Media’s newest streaming service) has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the new version of the generation-defying series. With the landscape of social media very different to what it was back in 2012, we can expect the show to tackle some hard-hitting topics as original writer and producer Josh Safran promised that the show will "address just how much social media - and the landscape of New York itself - has changed in the intervening years."
2. THE CAST HAS BEEN CONFIRMED
As reported by Deadline in March 2020, actress and musician Emily Alyn Lind is set to play a lead role in the HBO reboot of Gossip Girl, which has us wondering, could this be our new Serena van der Woodsen? Per the outlet, Lind will portray Audrey, who "has been in a long term relationship and is beginning to wonder what more could be out there."
Deadline announced four new actors joining the show on March 11: Rookie magazine founder Tavi Gevinson (Scream Queens), along with Dove Cameron's boyfriend Thomas Doherty (High Fidelity), Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal), and Zion Moreno (Claws).
3. CHACE CRAWFORD DEFINITELY WANTS TO MAKE A CAMEO
We’d be lying if we said weren’t hopeful of a reunion of our fab four (and maybe you too, Dan and Vanessa). While the series will follow the lives of a new generation of preppy teenagers, fans are holding out hope for the original stars to reprise their iconic roles. Speaking to OK! Magazine, Nate Archibold Chace Crawford revealed he’d be open to a reunion "if it was done the right way".
In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Safran confirmed Serena, Blair, Nate, and Dan will be a part of the Gossip Girl reboot whether or not the stars choose to return.
4. KRISTEN BELL WILL RETURN
Kristen Bell pleased fans far and wide when the actress confirmed that she will return to the show as narrator, a role she held throughout the entire original series from 2007 to 2012. "Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl," producers announced in a statement.
5. THE SERIES IS EXPECTED TO AIR IN 2020
No official release date has been announced as of yet but you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on the new episodes because HBO Max is expected to launch in Autumn 2020.
6. LEIGHTON MEESTER IS OPEN TO A REVIVAL
After the news dropped that a reboot was a possibility, Meester was asked by E! News in April 2019 if she would be open to doing Gossip Girl again to which she reponded: "No one's ever asked me. No one's ever talked to me about it except for in interviews, and I always say the same. I never say never. So, I don't know. No one's sent me that information, it's coming from you."
7. ED WESTWICK WOULD BE INTERESTED..IF HE WAS OFFERED ONE MILLION DOLLARS
Gossip Girl just wouldn’t be the same without the one and only Chuck Bass. In an interview with Radio Times in May 2017, Westwick was quick to say that his character is “played out” and how the idea of a reboot isn't plausible.
“Nah, that’s not gonna happen,” he told the interviewer. “I know there’s a bunch of them coming back – I hear they’re doing Will and Grace, they’ve done Gilmore Girls… But it’s such a strange thing to think about. It feels like we only just finished! And I haven’t done enough in between yet to feel like I could comfortably revisit it. And I did so much with that character – it’s played out, man. It’s done.” Nevertheless, Westwick said he would be keen to reprise the role of Chuck again only if he was offered millions of dollars. That’s still a possibility though, right?
8. THE REBOOT WILL BE MORE DIVERSE
During a recent interview at Vulture Festival, Safran confirmed that the reboot will very much be a 2019 reimagining of the original – which includes much more diversity and more current representation of the cultural landscape, include characters of colour and LGBTQ+ storylines.
“There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” he admitted. “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 nonwhite. 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 thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.”
9. IT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SAME UNIVERSE AS THE OG SHOW
Safran also revealed that the show's timeline will be a continuation of the original, with the characters also attending Constance Billard School for Girls. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, he explained that he thinks of the Gossip Girl reboot "like the Marvel universe. It's not a continuation or a sequel. It truly just is looking at a different angle."
He also confirmed that the new characters will regularly talk about Serena, Blair, Chuck and Dan but revealed that the show could venture beyond the Upper East Side.
"Not everyone lives on the Upper East Side, though," Safran told Entertainment Tonight when explaining the new show's vision. "Brooklyn's not the bad place to live. Brooklyn’s probably cooler in the new version than Manhattan, 'cause it is in some places [in real life]. Other than that, it has the DNA of the original."
10. BLAKE LIVELY WILL NOT APPEAR IN THE REBOOT
Blake Lively got our hopes up back in 2017 during an interview with Variety when she teased the possibility of making a comeback.
"It sort of all depends," actress said."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. 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."
But the mother-of-three has since shattered our hopes and dreams. When quizzed by E! News at the premiere of her latest film, The Rhythm Section, on whether she'll return to the hit series, Lively replied: "I think it is happening... I don't know, I'm not a producer, I'm not involved. You've got to call them!"
Stay tuned for further updates, XOXO.