The Gossip Girl reboot has announced new casting details! According to Deadline and Variety, Scream Queens star Tavi Gevinson, as well as Legacies star Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat and Zion Moreno will be a part of the HBO Max revival series. These new stars will act alongside lead Emily Alyn Lind, best known for her roles in Revenge and Code Black, and Kristen Bell, who has signed on to return as the show’s narrator.
The original Gossip Girl series aired from 2007 to 2012 on The CW. The show made household names of stars Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.
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HBO Max announced last year to reboot the iconic teen series, with original creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage linked to the project. The Gossip Girl revival will feature a brand new cast of teens enjoying their affluent lives on New York City’s Upper East Side.
The show’s logline: “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.”
Schwartz has revealed that the reboot will not revolve around the mysterious identity of Gossip Girl, and even though the original characters like Serena Van Der Woodsen (Lively) do exist in the revival’s world, cameos won’t be guaranteed.
According to the reboot series’ writer and producer Joshua Safran, the HBO Max show will feature a more diverse cast and more “queer content.”
“There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” he said at the Vulture Festival in November. “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.”
“It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that,” he added.