HBO Max simply dropped its first correct have a look at Gossip Girl, the “soft reboot” continuation of the much-loved CW drama that ran from 2007 to 2012, coming to the streaming platform on July eighth. While the sequence, set roughly a decade following the conclusion of the earlier iteration, doesn’t have any major cast members from the authentic present returning (but), it has snagged Kristen Bell to return as the voice of Gossip Girl, tying these two sequence collectively in a intelligent means. Listen to Bell return in the Gossip Girl trailer under…
Like the Gossip Girl TV present earlier than it, the new Gossip Girl is set at Constance Billard, an elite non-public faculty on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In the trailer, we see new woman Zoya (Whitney Peak) arrive at Constance Billard, and the members of the long-established wealthy youngsters social circle circling like buzzards. It isn’t lengthy earlier than Gossip Girl, the moniker of a social media presence that spies on the privileged social circle, rears her ugly head. “Did you miss me?” we hear Bell as Gossip Girl say in the trailer, implying that Constance Billard has loved an period of relative peace between when Blair and Serena’s era left the faculty and immediately. (I suppose Dan has moved on to greater and higher issues?)
The trailer strikes the good steadiness between callbacks to the authentic present (the Met steps!) and indicators that this present will embrace range in a means the naughts-era present not often did. The trailer highlights the many characters of coloration in the lead ensemble, in addition to some moments of queer sexuality. Past that, thisGen Z period of Gossip Girl appears poised to make higher use of the social media antagonist. The earlier incarnation of the story, which was loosely primarily based on the guide sequence by Cecily von Ziegesar, was by no means actually in exploring Gossip Girl as a really literal metaphor for the magnifying glass social media can placed on particularly younger individuals—and that intense social media strain has solely elevated in the final decade.
As we study from the above trailer, right here, Gossip Girl is an nameless Instagram account that is “spying” on the college students of Constance Billard. The faculty’s headmistress, performed by Donna Murphy, is seen in the trailer making a Gossip Girl-centric announcement throughout meeting, implying that the social media account will likely be a way more lively antagonist in this model of the story. From the seems to be of the trailer, this mushy reboot is poised to lean into the elements of the authentic present that labored so nicely—from its Manhattan setting to the soapy claustrophobia of elite social circles—and play up the components that the earlier present didn’t nail—most particularly the range of our world and the relevancy of a social media antagonist that is throughout us. It’s going to be good to have Gossip Girl again.