Kristen Bell Will Return To The Gossip Girl Sequel As The Narrator
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Listen up Upper East Siders, news of an OG GossipG Girl cast member returning is on blast today.
That's right our favourite narrator is returning to the remake-come-sequel.
They said in a statement: "Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl."
Kristen acted as the omnipresent voiceover throughout all six seasons of the original series which ran from 2007 to 2012, ending with the big reveal of who the titular character really was.
While many fans debated whether the actress would actually appear and reveal herself as Gossip Girl, the accolade fell to Dan Humphreys aka Lonely Boy, played by Penn Badgely, who most recently starred in Netflix's YOU.
While the revamp will have a little nostalgia with Kristen starring, it will feature an all-new cast of private school teens and their drama.
"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," reported Deadline.
"The prestige series will address just how much social media-and the landscape of New York itself-has changed in the intervening years."
The new 10-part series, which is not based on Cicely von Ziegesar's novels, has original creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage at the helm.
Executive producer Josh explained that it didn't "make sense" for the original characters to be targeted by Gossip Girl so felt it would be more appropriate to introduce new leads into the fold.
He revealed at the Television Critics Association: "We felt that a version with just our cast grown up, regardless of the challenges of getting those actors, didn't feel like a group of adults controlled by 'gossip girl' made much sense.
"We felt there was something interesting that we are all 'gossip girl' in our own way and how that's evolved, morphed and mutated and telling that story through a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids felt right."
With the emphasis on the new generation, it's not known whether there will be room for anymore of the OG cast.
The CW series catapulted the careers of Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf), Penn, Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald), and Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass).
Schwartz said he'd reached out to each of them to inform them of the 'continuation' of the series, and so far only Chace has shown any interest.
"If there's an opening in the future for doing a cameo, I would definitely be open to it.
"The show was a big part of my life and was really special. I loved everyone on it, from the cast to the crew. We were a real family," he told August Man.
"We've reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening, and we would love for them to be involved if they want to be involved. But [we] certainly didn't want to make it contingent upon their [participation].
"They played those characters for six years, and if they felt like they were good with that, we wanted to respect that. But obviously, it would be great to see them again."
The remake will air sometime in 2020 on HBO Max, a new streaming service launching next year to rival Netflix in the States.
However, it is not known whether UK TV lovers will be able to access the US broadcaster's new streaming service.
So keep your ears to the ground Upper East Siders, xoxo Gossip Girl.