After an eight-year absence, the cult series Gossip Girl is back with a reboot! A new version with a completely new cast and an updated script.
At the end of the 2000s, we loved following the adventures of Serena Van Der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Chuck Bass and all the golden youth of Manhattan in Gossip Girl. Fans will be delighted to learn that a reboot of the cult series will air on HBO Max on July 8. The problem with reboots is that we have nostalgic memories of the original version. So what can we expect with this new version? A few days before the first episode, we have some answers.
Let’s start with what is not changing. At the helm of Gossip Girl 2021 are Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, creators of the series, as well as Joshua Safran, who was already producer and writer of the original series. We can therefore hope that the spirit will remain the same. Then, as in the original, the protagonists will evolve in the prestigious public schools of Constance Billard, for the girls, and St Jude, for the boys, in the Upper East Side, in Manhattan (New York).
Let’s move on to what will change with this new version. First of all, the plot has been reworked to better fit the reality of the time. Josh Schwartz gives some clues: “We don’t really feel like a group of adults controlled by Gossip Girl would make much sense. So we thought it would be interesting for us to all be Gossip Girl in our own way, to tap into our own state of social media monitoring, while also highlighting how that evolved.”
The second big change is the casting. With the plot taking place eight years after the end of the original series, we’ll be following a whole new generation of public school students. Emily Alyn Lind (who starred in Revenge), Thomas Doherty (Legacies) and Whitney Peak (The New Adventures of Sabrina) will be part of this new cast, which should include characters from the minority and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Gossip Girl (2021): available July 8 on HBO Max