Hey Upper East Siders, the Gossip Girl reboot cast was spotted, and they’re not here to play. HBO Max revealed the new cast in action for the first time in an official trailer, which you can check out below.
The original Gossip Girl—based on Cecily von Ziegesar’s book series of the same title—premiered on The CW in 2007 and starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Chase Crawford, Penn Badgley and more as privileged, upper-class teenagers living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Deadline confirmed in July 2019 that a Gossip Girl reboot—developed by the original series’ executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran—was in the works for HBO Max. Production started on the series in October 2020, seven months after the cast was announced in March 2020.
In June, HBO Max released the official trailer for the reboot, which is titled Gossip Girl 2.0. The service also launched Instagram accounts for each of the main characters, which you can follow below for spoilers about what season 1 of the Gossip Girl reboot will be about. The series premieres on July 8 on HBO Max.
As of now, there is only one returning cast member from the original series, and it may be the most important one yet: Kristen Bell, who served as Gossip Girl’s mysterious narrator, has signed back on to join the reboot. But who is in the new gang of Upper East Siders we’ll follow in HBO Max‘s reboot? Read about the cast and who they’re playing ahead.
Emily Alyn Lind (Audrey)
Character: Audrey Hope
Character Instagram: @audreyhopesfor
Lind plays the lead role of Audrey Hope, a teenage girl who’s been in a relationship for a long time and is curious to what else is out there. Lind has starred in projects like Revenge, The Secret Life of Bees and All My Children. She’s daughter of One Tree Hill alum Barbra Alyn Woods. The official Gossip Girl Instagram released words for each character in January 2021. Audrey’s word was “Grace.”
Character: Otto “Obie” Bergmann IV
The Gossip Girl reboot isn’t the only teen spinoff Brown (center) is known for. He previously starred in Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. He’s also acted in projects like The Fuck It List and Spinning Out. His characer is Otto “Obie” Bergmann IV, whose word is “Privilege” in case you couldn’t tell from the name.
Character: Zoya Lott
Character Instagram: @alottazee
Before Gossip Girl, Peak starred in Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a spinoff of Riverdale. She’s also starred in projects like Molly’s Game and Home Before Dark. She plays Zoya Lott, who is attached to the word “Perspective.”
Character: Julien Calloway
Character Instagram: @juliencalloway
Alexander is a singer and actress. She released her single, “You,” in June 2020, and has starred in projects like The Sacred Lies: The Signing Bones. She plays Julien Callloway in the Gossip Girl reboot. Julien’s word is “Influence.”
Savannah Lee Smith
Character: Monet de Haan
Character Instagram: @monetdehaan
A current student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, HBO Max’s Gossip Girl is Smith’s first on-screen role. She plays Monet de Haan. Her character’s word is “Power,” which leads fans to believe that she’s the new Queen Bee.
Character: Kate Keller
The founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine, Gevinson has moved from media to acting, with roles in projects like Scream Queens, The Twilight Zone reboot and Enough Said. She plays Kate Keller. Her character’s word is “Ambition.”
Character: Akeno “Aki” Menzies
Character Instagram: @akimenz
Mock is a professional model and skateboarder signed to IMG Models. The Gossip Girl reboot is his first on-screen role. His character is Akeno “Aki” Menzies, who is attached to the word “Innocence.”
Character: Max Wolfe
Character Instagram: @maxtheewolfe
Doherty, who starred on Disney Channel’s The Descendants and dated Dove Cameron, has starred in projects like High Fidelity, Catherine the Great, The Lodge and Legacies. He plays Max Wolfe. His character’s word is “Freedom.”
Character: Luna La
Character Instagram: @lunalaaaaaa
Moreno has starred in projects like K-12 and Control Z. The Gossip Girl reboot will be her first lead role. She plays Luna La, whose word is “Style.”
Gossip Girl 2.0 premieres on HBO Max on July 8, 2021.
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