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'Gossip Girl' Reboot Introduces a Whole New Generation of NYC Teens

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Attention Upper East Siders, it's time to reclaim your seat on the Met steps, as the Gossip Girl reboot is officially in production. The reboot will be streamed on HBO Max, with a new cast playing a whole new group of Manhattan's most elite teens.

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"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," according to the show's summary. "The prestige series will address just how much social media - and the landscape of New York itself - has changed in the intervening years."

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Production began at the beginning of November, and the series is expected to premiere sometime in 2021. "It's just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea being that society changed constantly," revealed screenwriter Joshua Safran. "So how has this world changed, how has social media and its effect changed?"

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"All of those things allow us to look at the world 12 years on as opposed to just redoing the story," Safran added. The main character, Audrey, will be played by actress and musician Emily Alyn Lind. The plot portrays Audrey stuck in a long-term relationship and finds herself wondering what else is out there.

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Regarding the original cast, Blake Lively made it clear that she wants to have zero involvement in the series, as she told E! News. Executive producer Josh Schwartz shared, "We've reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening, and we'd love for them to be involved if they want to be."

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Other cast members include Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Jason Gotay, and more. While the original cast won't be returning for the reboot, Kristen Bell will be reclaiming her role as the voice of Gossip Girl. "Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl," the producers shared.