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Fancast: Gossip Girl 2.0

Napoleon once said that secrets travel fast in Paris. But news about Gossip Girl travels faster.

As confirmed by entertainment website Deadline, the former CW show — based on the hit book series by author Cecily von Ziegesar — will be getting a ten episode reboot on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, HBO Max, with original creators Joshua Safran, Josh Schwartz, and Stephanie Savage set to be at the helm.

Safran has described the upcoming series as an extension of the original, with the new series set to focus on a new generation of Upper East Siders.

The log line for the show read: “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. The prestige series will address just how much social media – and the landscape of New York itself – has changed in the intervening years.”

The original series, which ran for six seasons across 121 episodes between 2007 and 2012, aired at a time when social media was just starting to take off.

And while the original cast members Chace Crawford and Blake Lively have expressed interest in doing cameos should the opportunity arise, we thought it would be great to have a bit of fun (fan)casting the original roles.

HERE’S OUR FANCAST, XOXO

Serena van der WoodsenKaya Scodelario

Why it’s the perfect casting: Upper East Side’s golden child and resident It Girl, Serena comes back from an extended European trip and then promptly descends into a life of debauchery and intrigue. Oh wait, that’s Effy Stonem. 

Blair Waldorf – Tati Gabrielle

Why it’s the perfect casting: Blair is a b*tch with a secret soft heart and Tati embodies that perfectly. Also, Tati’s other character, Prudence Blackwood from Netflix’s Sabrina, is basically a Satanic Blair Waldorf.

Chuck Bass – Dacre Montgomery

Why it’s the perfect casting: Dacre is a really good actor. Also, he looks like a legitimate (overly privileged, probably racist) slimeball from the ‘50s AKA he looks like a Chuck™.

Nate Archibald – Timothee Chalamet

Why it’s the perfect casting: Timothee looks like a Softboi™ who: A. Regularly goes on community immersions B. Artistic C. Looks like he’s made of money. [Or he could be Chuck Bass. – Ed.]

Dan Humphrey – Nick Robinson

Why it’s the perfect casting: Nick Robinson has Dan’s puppy-dog eyes. #uwu

Jenny Humphrey – Lindsay Lohan circa 2007 

Why it’s the perfect casting: Only a wild child can play a wild child. Somebody build a time machine, pronto! 

Georgina Sparks –  Bretman Rock

Why it’s the perfect casting: Writer Michael Ausiello described the character as an “adolescent Cruella.”  Need I say more?

Vanessa Abrams – Yara Shahidi

Why it’s the perfect casting: She’s basically Vanessa IRL, i.e. she’s an activist, a youth mentor, and a Harvard University student. Another point: she’s not annoying.

Lily van der Woodsen – Kylie Minogue 

Why it’s the perfect casting: “Blonde, an artist, a philanthropist, and a socialite” Lily’s character description is interchangeable with Kylie’s, let’s be real. Also, Kylie needs a role where she doesn’t get unceremoniously killed off during an earthquake.

Eric van der Woodsen –  Troye Sivan

Why it’s the perfect casting:  I hate stereotyping as much as the next guy but hear me out: Eric and Troye are both white, gay AND card-carrying Twinks™.

Rufus Humphrey – Scarlett Johannson

Why it’s the perfect casting: Just like Rufus, Scarlett flirted a bit with the music industry and released a couple of albums before deciding that she’s better off in another field altogether. Also, she said this.

Bart Bass – Donald Trump 

Why it’s the perfect casting: They’re both slimy, criminal a*holes. 

Eleanor Waldorf – Madonna

Why it’s the perfect casting: Just like Eleanor, Madonna’s tough, ambitious, and she knows exactly what she wants. Also, she’s a natural brunette, so there’s that.

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