The storylines will be fresh, but not unfamiliar. We don’t have a lot of information right now, but everything we’ve heard sounds very promising. “We have gotten the first script [by showrunner Safran], and I can tell you we all breathed a big sigh of relief because it’s quite good,” Aubrey said on January 15, 2020, at the TCAs, according to Entertainment Tonight. “You can imagine the bar is very high. I think that one of the benefits of having the original creators involved, they’re very clear of what the essential elements of the show are and are not. And also, really excited to bring a modern lens to it 10 years later. Josh and team have done a great job so far.”
One thing we do know is that we’ll be back at Constance Billard with the new characters. “It’s the same high school, so we’re back at Constance Billard. We are looking at a group of friends in their junior year. Those pieces are the same. They’re still in the uniforms,” Safran told ET in December. “Not everyone lives on the Upper East Side, though. Brooklyn’s not the bad place to live. Brooklyn’s probably cooler in the new version than Manhattan, ’cause it is in some places. Other than that, it has the DNA of the original.”
But the kids will absolutely have a different relationship with social media than the original crew. “I think it very much represents where we will be at in 2020 when the show airs. It really looks at how social media has changed,” Safran also said. “You know, the first time around, when the show started people were, like, checking in places on Foursquare and updating their locations on Facebook. Things we would never do now because we don’t want anyone to know where we are. That change alone changes the dynamic of what Gossip Girl means and how Gossip Girl interacts with the kids this day and age, so I think it’s gonna be really interesting to see. The modern age reflected through Gossip Girl.”
The leads are nonwhite, and there will be plenty of LGBTQ+ storylines. Joshua Safran, who wrote and executive-produced the original show, confirmed this at Vulture Festival on November 10, 2019. “There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” he said. “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.”
The reboot officially began filming in New York City back in October. Following delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, new Gossip Girl stars Eli Brown and Whitney Peak were spotted filming a scene on location on November 5, giving fans their first look at the new series’ fashion. The two were photographed leaving a building together in what we can only assume was a date night, as they were both dressed up for a night out on the town.
The pics of the cast on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are here. I’m obsessed.
As of January 1, 2021, we were officially introduced to these new faces. In a series of posts on Instagram, the official Gossip Girl account shared a look at our new Upper East Siders with a one-word character description.
Julien Callow (Jordan Alexander): Influence.
Monet de Haan (Savannah Smith): Power.
Luna La (Zion Moreno): Style.
Max Wolfe (Thomas Doherty): Freedom. (Anyone else getting Chuck Bass vibes?)
Audrey Hope (Emily Lynd): Grace.
Kate Keller (Tavi Gevinson): Ambition.
Otto “Obie” Bergmann IV (Eli Brown): Privilege. Okay, so maybe he’s the new Chuck Bass.
Akeno “Aki” Menzies (Evan Mock): Innocence.
Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak): Perspective.
We’ll update this post with more details as they come in. XOXO.