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Nine years after signing off, Gossip Girl is back.
Premiering in Australia on July 8 on BINGE, the new season is going back to Constance Billard and St. Jude's to follow a new generation of privileged teens on New York’s exclusive Upper East Side.
The first trailer features plenty of 'x's and 'o's and promises the same cutting narration as the original.
In fact, it’s being produced by Joshua Safran, who is one of the series’ original writers and executive producers, and the original series’ creators, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, have also returned in executive producer roles.
The voice of Gossip Girl, Kristen Bell, will also be returning to narrate the 10-episode series, although this time, Gossip Girl will take the form of a social media platform rather than a blog, reflecting how nowadays, “we are all purveyors of our own social media surveillance state,” according to Schwartz.
The rest of the cast is new, and much more diverse than the original, with Safran telling Vulture, "There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show.”
“This time around the leads are nonwhite (and) there’s a lot of queer content on this show.”
The cast is headed up by 27-year-old Canadian actress Jordan Alexander, who’s character Julien Calloway will be all about influence.
She’s joined by Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Zion Moreno and Savannah Lee Smith, who have all made their debut in broody photoshoot snaps on the series’ official Instagram page.
Pretty Little Liars’ Eli Brown, singer and actor, Thomas Doherty, and skater and model, Evan Mock, are the series’ male leads, while Ugandan-born Whitney Peak, will step into a Dan Humphries-like role, offering a bit of an outsider’s perspective.
It’s unlikely we’ll see Serena van der Woodsen or Blair Waldorf make an appearance, and Safran made it clear on Twitter that while this series will have a different tone to the last.
“I really wanted this to feel like an extension and in no way a reboot,” he said, “So it's an evolution of the story, not a retread.”
We’ll see exactly what he means when the series premieres next month.
Where to watch the new season of Gossip Girl in Australia:
It costs $10 a month and there’s a 14 day free trial.
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