Kristen Bell Teases Her “Gossip Girl” Return
The new Gossip Girl is officially underway.
On Nov. 10, the cast of HBO Max’s revival of the hit CW show were spotted filming on the iconic steps of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Throughout the new batch of photos, the actors carry the same too-cool-for-school attitude that Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and their minions and lovers shared in the early 2000s.
While details about the new show remain sparse, the new crop of images finds Whitney Peak as an outsider of sorts as she walks around the group of friends seated at the Met and eventually gets up close and personal with Jordan Alexander‘s character. Additionally, we also see a little bit of Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) in Eli Brown while blonde Emily Alyn Lind, who plays Audrey, certainly looks like she’s up to no good. Also, there’s Tavi Gevinson, who reminds us that the fashion here is going to be good.
Last week, the first batch of paparazzi photos of found Peak and Brown exiting a building were released. Peak was seen wearing a shiny long-sleeved dress that was apparently not quite warm enough for the chilly NYC air because Brown was seen offering her his coat. Another photo, presumably from when the cameras were not rolling, showed the two stars wearing face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. And in another series of shots, actors Jordan Alexander, Zión Moreno and Savannah Lee Smith were seen filming a nightlife scene.
Peak and Brown were announced as cast members alongside Lind, Johnathan Fernandez and Jason Gotay in March, but only Lind has a charaWhitney Peak and Jordan Alexander.cter name so far. That character? It’s the aforementioned Audrey, a teen who has been in a long term relationship and is beginning to wonder what more could be out there. Deadline reported that Peak and Brown are both part of the “leading trio” with Lind.
The Gossip Girl revival (don’t call it a reboot) was originally supposed to premiere in 2020 but faced delays when the coronavirus pandemic shut down nearly all productions.
Few specific details have been released so far, but we do know that the new show will take place eight years after the end of the original Gossip Girl, and will introduce a new generation of New York private school kids to a new version of the trouble-making spy. Kristen Bell will be back as the voice of Gossip Girl, and so far she’s the only original cast member set to return.
One major difference with the new series is that there’s no chance of being disappointed when the identity of Gossip Girl is revealed, since that’s not a mystery to be solved this time around. Gossip Girl is now all of us, executive producer Josh Schwartz said during a TCA panel in 2019.
“It didn’t really feel like a group of adults who were being controlled by Gossip Girl would make a lot of sense,” he said. “So it felt like there was something really interesting about this idea that we are all Gossip Girl now, in our own way, that we are all purveyors of our own social media surveillance state, and how that’s evolved, and how that has morphed and mutated and telling that story through a new generation of upper east side high school kids felt like the right time.”
In November 2019, creator Josh Safran promised that the new show will feature “non-white leads,” “queer content,” a look at wealth and privilege in 2020 and a big twist. This show will also feature high school juniors with millions of social media followers, which just wasn’t really a concept when Gossip Girl first premiered in 2007.
Scroll down to see all the first-look photos of the new Gossip Girl.