We’re nonetheless counting down the times left in 2020, however all the sightings of a Gossip Girl cast filming round Manhattan makes us really feel prefer it’s 2008 once more. Manufacturing for HBO Max’s upcoming reboot of this system is in full swing, and if it weren’t for the copious sightings of face masks on the set we would actually, actually assume it was a decade in the past.
Whereas all of us anticipate one thing that reminds us of The CW unique, there’s really little confirmed details about what to anticipate from the reboot. Just one character’s identify has even been revealed: Emily Alyn Lind’s Audrey, and all we all know in regards to the character is that she’s a very good lady in a long-term relationship who begins to surprise what else life has to supply. Apart from that, we’re flying blind.
It is perhaps an enormous leap to routinely assume that the brand new solid of characters will fall into comparable roles as soon as occupied by the Aughts originals, and, but, the present does carry the Gossip Woman identify. It’s important to assume there will be a mixture of previous cash insiders who roam the halls of Constance Billard and St. Jude’s like American royalty in ready and outsiders thrown into the prep faculty jungle and compelled to take care of their privileged shenanigans. Co-creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz have promised extra inclusive casting this time round (together with LGBT characters and non-white leads), and hope to “subvert” the tropes of the unique.
After all, to subvert tropes, you need to lean into them a bit. It would not shock us one bit if the brand new solid of characters mirrors the unique not directly. It’s important to anticipate a queen bee, her closest frenemie, and a lonely boy on scholarship, proper? Right here, our greatest guesses—judging from the set images—about what to anticipate.
Is Jordan Alexander the New Blair Waldorf?
Actress Jordan Alexander is not a family identify (but), however each set photograph appears to place her character entrance and middle—she’s actually on the middle of the images we have seen of the solid assembled on the set of the Met. And in different images, she’s positioned a step forward of two minion-esque characters (carrying a Christopher John Rogers robe, as well). There are distinct vibes of Blair Waldorf’s Queen Bee angle shining by way of, and but the character definitely appears extra carefree and individualist than uptight Blair, who was obsessive about conventional markers of standing. Headbands? This character would not even have hair. Word the way in which she’s restyled her Constance Billard Faculty uniform with no pants, however assertion boots. She could not have Blair’s precise model, however her place as the brand new queen bee of Constance Billard looks as if a secure guess to make.
Is Thomas Doherty the New Chuck Bass?
When Scottish heartthrob Thomas Doherty was introduced as a part of the solid it was simple, if not a bit lazy, to imagine his character could also be within the vein of Chuck Bass (that character was performed by an actor initially from the UK as properly). Early set images solely supply stronger proof: The undone bowie over the cable knit sweater. The little signet ring on the pinkie. The socks. He is giving devil-may-care dandy.
Different images of Doherty emerged of him, presumably in character, working down the road in nothing but a silk robe and a pair of little Tom Ford briefs.
All of it makes us take into consideration one of many more unusual unique Gossip Woman manufacturing selections that aged poorly. The Chuck Bass character was written as bisexual within the unique novel sequence, however rendered about 99.9 % heterosexual within the CW present. Bisexual erasure was actual, of us. Now, we’re simply questioning, would a dandyish younger bisexual of sure financial means put on Tom Ford’s $50 briefs? The reply is not no.
Is Emily Alyn Lind the New Jenny Humphrey, Or the Serena?
We all know essentially the most about Lind’s character formally, although we could not piece collectively whether or not she was purported to be the Blair or the Serena of this era. What if she was extra of a Jenny alongside? We’re studying an entire lot into little or no, however the character is usually seen off to the aspect, and her trend selections aren’t notably notable both method. A bit of reserved. A bit of secure. Although, they do counsel some wealth (notice the Saint Laurent clutch above). Maybe she’s the lady thrown in among the many far more self-realized established queen bees of Constance Billard and making an attempt to hold on for pricey life?
Or she could possibly be the brand new Serena-type. Her casting was essentially the most initially hyped of the bunch, and introduced earlier than the others. The official description of her character would not have the identical darker backstory as Serena, but it surely could possibly be a purple herring.
Is Whitney Peak the New Serena Van Der Woodsen? Or…Wait…Is she the Jenny? Or…Maintain on…She’s the Vanessa, proper? Or a feminine Dan?
15-year-old Whitney Peak has appeared in quite a few set images, signaling that her character is a significant a part of the solid. But, she is perhaps the toughest to learn. In her first, she’s seen in her faculty uniform, worn maybe slightly too as much as code, although offset by a purple tote bag from Revolution Books, a radical impartial bookstore in Harlem. She eats her lunch alone out of a paper bag on the steps. It’s kind of Jenny, but additionally a bit Vanessa. Then once more, the most important literary loner of the unique solid was Dan. A change in gender can be one simple approach to subvert the unique.
Then, nevertheless, in one other shoot, we see her completely made up in a glittery orange mini-dress in a tense stand-off with Alexander’s character, which does point out a little bit of a basic B vs. S rivalry. Perhaps she’s the shy new lady, or she could possibly be somebody getting back from a mysterious absence and gossiped about by the remainder of the solid.
Then, in a closing scene, we see her far more dressed down, hanging with Eli Brown’s character, which is extra classically Jenny or Vanessa. It is exhausting to make a name right here, apart from that Peak appears to have a very necessary function.
Is Eli Brown is the New Dan?
If Whitney Peak is not, he needs to be, proper?
Is Evan Mock the New Nate?
If our assumption that the brand new Blair-esque character revels in various model holds, it might solely make sense that the brand new Nate-esque character is a bit alt too (it is 2020, in spite of everything, and revolutionary stylish is decidedly again). Earlier than his casting, Mock was a surfer and skater turned model, which might be an applicable replace for Nate’s athleticism and basic attractiveness.
Savannah Smith and Zion Moreno as The Minions?
The characters of Penelope, Jessica, Kati, Nelly, Hazel, and Isabel could not have grow to be iconic individually, however collectively, as Blair’s varied minions, they have been a significant a part of the present. Within the images we have scene, Smith and Moreno are virtually at all times proven side-by-side and normally inside the direct orbit of Jordan Alexander’s character. If Alexander is certainly the brand new queen bee of the varsity, she’s undoubtedly in want of a hive.
So, Wait, Who The Hell is Tavi Gevinson?
The former child fashion blogger turned actress comes into the sequence with the highest-profile (at the very least amongst sure sorts), and but from the set images the vibe of her character is perhaps the toughest to pin down.
In many of the images, Gevinson’s character attire extra “instructor” than “pupil.” Gevinson herself is 24, not an unheard-of age for a highschool instructor, however a few of the actors who play highschool college students are literally older (the correlation between an actor’s precise age and the age of the character they play on teen soaps has by no means, notoriously, been notably corollated).
Although, Gevinson does seem in at the very least one scene carrying the varsity uniform, suggesting her character is certainly a pupil…albeit one who tends to decorate a lot older outdoors of faculty. The scene on the steps is the one scene Gevinson has been noticed filming up to now with the youthful solid members, so her character may stay the most important thriller of all.
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