We’re so ready for this reboot… XOXO
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA HBO
Eight years after it left our screens, Gossip Girl is back with a more inclusive and diverse reboot. If you aren’t already familiar with the iconic original show, it followed a whole host of privileged teenagers living in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and the pretty wild lives that they led.
There were unfortunately very few queer storylines throughout the original show, but all that is about to change with this brand new reboot.
Speaking to Vulture, Writer and Executive Producer Joshua Safran said: “There was not a lot of representation first time around on the show. 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 non-white. There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealign 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.”
He also confirmed that the reboot will take place in the same universe as the original and the students will attend the famed Constance Billard School for Girls.
The official Gossip Girl Instagram has now revealed images of the main cast, the names of their characters and a single word to describe each of them. It’s still unclear which of the characters are queer, but we’ll be sure to fill you in once we know more of the juicy details.
Cast members include Whitney Peak as Zoya Lott (“Perspective”), Evan Mock as Akeno ‘Aki’ Menzies (“Innocence”), Eli Brown as Otto ‘Obie’ Bergmann IV (“Privilege”), Emily Lind as Audrey Hope (“Grace”), Thomas Doherty as Max Wolfe (“Freedom”), Zión Moreno as Luna La (“Style”), Savannah Smith as Monet de Haan (“Power”), and Jordan Alexander as Julien Calloway (“Influence”).
There’s no official release date for the series yet, but HBO Max has confirmed that the show will arrive sometime in 2021.
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