HBO Max is set to release a sequel to the hit teen drama Series Gossip Girl later this year.
New cast members Whitney Peak (played by Zoe Lott), Emily Aline Lind (Audrey Hope), Evan Mock (Akeno “Aki” Menzies) and Jordan Alexander (Julien Calloway) have appeared on the cover of Dazed magazine and revealed some of the reboot details.
So, the producers made some changes to move the project into the current era. As Emily explained, the new version will be more inclusive thanks to characters who identify as members of the LGBTQ + community.
“I think what we can say is that we are filming the series in 2020 and 2021. It is really important for us not only to talk about these things, but also to express them as normal things that children deal with. It doesn’t have to be new, it just exists. It’s about normalizing what was previously taboo, ”shared Emily.
Whitney agreed with this opinion: “There are many moments that were not in the original Gossip Girl. It’s cool to see people who are like you and who are interested in the same things. It reflects time. “
The original series focuses on strong female characters such as Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester). While the new members couldn’t tell too much about their characters, they remain confident that the updated version will continue that legacy.
“Gender roles will be discussed and analyzed. A lot of the women in our show are very strong, but I think they were like that in the original. We will explore what it means to be a woman in this generation and generally explore new ideas, ”said Emily.
In terms of comparisons to the original, the new cast is confident that viewers will appreciate the revamped series as it is. “We realized that we could take these roles and make them our own – they have their own special qualities that set them apart from the original,” said Emily. “I think people will treat them differently.” Jordan added, “We’re just keeping an open mind, staying true to the essence of Gossip Girl, but with a completely different perspective on it.”
Note, earlier the creators talked about the characters of the new heroes.