According to TVLine, the series’ producers and showrunners Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran confirmed that the 39-year-old would be coming back to voice the anonymous blogger.
“Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl,” they said in a statement released on Thursday, November 7.
For those who missed it, back in July it was confirmed that WarnerMedia’s soon-to-launch streaming service, HBO Max, would reboot the original series. A total of 10 hour-long episodes have been ordered for the show, which originally aired on The CW for a total of six seasons from 2007 to 2012. Josh recently described the new Gossip Girl as a continuation of the series, instead of a totally new show.
Based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar, the series will take place eight years after the original series and it will introduce a new generation of private school teenagers living in New York City. The streaming service revealed that the show will address just how much social media and the landscape of New York itself, has changed throughout the years.
When asked if Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick or Taylor Momsen would be appearing in the reboot, the producer said that none of them had signed on yet, but everyone would love for them to be involved.
“There aren’t, like, new actors playing Serena and Blair,” Josh said. “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,” Schwartz said. “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.”
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