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Hey, Upper East Siders! (Sorry, couldn't resist.) The Gossip Girl reboot just released the official full-length trailer yesterday, and it's filled with more dark glam, drama, and luxury than ever before. The show, which is slated to start airing on July 8th on HBO Max, has an all new fresh cast, with one key exception: Gossip Girl herself, Kristen Bell.
Showrunner Joshua Safran is taking us back to the upper echelon of Manhattan in this modern take on the show from the 2000s that starred Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. Also at the helm are Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who created the original series and serve as executive producers on the reboot. But now we also have a new crop of elite NYers, including Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak, and Savannah Lee Smith...plus Bell.
The best part of the trailer, though, is that it has a nod to the original show. The song playing in the trailer is Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids," which also made an appearance in the original version of Gossip Girl. If you go back to the last season of the OG show and find the "Monstrous Ball" episode, you'll actually hear "Super Rich Kids"!
Other than the Easter egg, the trailer doesn't give *too* much away, but it does show that while the new Gossip Girl might be set in today's society, some aspects of being a teen-especially a privileged teen in private school in a fictional setting-never change. There's plenty of drama and what is sure to lead to scuffles between the characters.
HBO Max, Safran, and other cast and crew have largely kept mum on what we can expect from this revival. The cast was spotted all over New York City filming, though (obviously), including on the Met steps (again, obviously), but there's not much known beyond that. The cast did tell Dazed earlier this year, though, that they were making an effort to push the narrative of the show forward to be modern.
"It's really important for us to not just talk about these things but also express them as normal things that kids deal with," Lind said. "It shouldn't be this new, exciting thing to talk about, it just exists. It's about normalizing things that used to be different or taboo."
HBO Max previously released a teaser trailer that gave us virtually no info about the show, though it did sufficiently excite us for what was to come.
We'll be ready and waiting when the show premieres on July 8th, because we need to see what these Upper East Siders get up to.
That's all for now...you know you love me! XOXO