Everything you need to know about the 'Gossip Girl' reboot on HBO Max

Everything you need to know about the 'Gossip Girl' reboot on HBO Max

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'Gossip Girl' fans can finally have another glimpse into the decadent lives of Upper East Siders. Let’s hope the reboot satisfies our need for endless drama

It's been over eight years since the last episode of the original Gossip Girl aired. Finally, on 8 July, the long-awaited reboot will be available to watch on HBO Max. It'll have 10 episodes, each an hour long. Original Gossip Girl showrunner, Joshua Safran, will be the writer and executive producer of this extension. Joining him are Josh Shwartz and Stephanie Savage, who were the series’ original creators. Hopefully, this is a sign that the reboot will be on par with the original.

Those involved with the reboot have done a good job of keeping details on the show hush-hush. Fans of the original still have plenty of unanswered questions: Will the original cast be involved? What is the plot of the reboot? What is the show’s “twist”? While we might not have all the answers, here’s what we do know so far.

The Cast

Whitney Peak will play Zaya Lott. Peak also acted in part three of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and played small roles in the Academy Award-nominated film Molly’s Game.

Evan Mock will play Akeno “Aki” Menzies. Mock is a model/skater and has starred in campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and others. This will be his acting debut.

Eli Brown will play the role of Otto “Obie” Bergmann IV. Brown is best known for his role on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists as Dylan Walker.

Tavi Gevinson—OG influencer, It-girl and former founding editor of Rookie—will play the role of Kate Keller. Gevinson has also appeared on other shows, most notably Scream Queens and the reboot of The Twilight Zone.

Emily Alyn Lind will play Audrey Hope. Lind is best known for her roles on the series Revenge and Code Black, and also starred in the Netflix original film The Babysitter.

Thomas Doherty will play Max Wolfe. The Scottish singer and actor can be seen acting on Disney Channel’s The Lodge and stars as Harry Hook in the Descendents movie franchise.

Zión Moreno will play the role of Luna La. Moreno isn’t new to acting (she played Isabela on Netflix’s Control Z), but she did start her career with modelling.

Savannah Smith will play the role of Monet de Haan. Currently a student at NYU Tisch, this is Smith’s first major acting role.

Jordan Alexander will play the role of Julien Calloway. Some of the Canadian actor’s notable credits include the TV series Sacred Lies and Unbury the Biscuit.

Kristen Bell

Some things haven’t changed. Kristen Bell, the iconic narrator of the original series, will lend her distinctive voice to HBO’s reboot. You can hear her narrating the show’s first teaser, which got many fans hyped. She is the only cast member from the original series signed on to the new show, which partially answers the question of whether the original cast will be involved.

The Plot

Much has changed since the release of the original Gossip Girl, and with that, the new reboot will be focusing on issues and topics that relate to the current times. The cast is also more racially diverse compared to the original, which Whitney Peak commented on: “There’s a lot of representation, which I can’t say we saw a lot of in the first one. It’s dope being able to see people who look like you and who are interested in the same things.” So, expect a more modern take on the show’s original storyline. Here’s the official summary of the series:

"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 just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years."

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