Newcomer Savannah Smith joins Gossip Girl reboot as a lead in the 10-episode HBO Max series. She joins already announced leads Emily Alyn Lind, Tavi Gevinson, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez and Jason Gotay as well as Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat and Zion Moreno
Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by Joshua Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar. A new generation of New York private school teens is introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. They arrive eight years after the original website went dark. The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.
Savannah Smith joins Gossip Girl reboot as…we aren’t sure. They are keeping details about Smith’s character under wrap. It is rumored that she will be one of the cool girls at the school.
Safran executive produces with Fake Empire’s Schwartz and Savage, and Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment. Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski is co-executive producer.
The original Gossip Girl’s Kristen Bell will narrate the new series. Production has been delayed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
This marks the first booking for Smith, who is currently studying acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
The original Gossip Girl series ran on-air for six seasons from 2007-2012 on The CW. The series was based on author Cecily von Ziegesar’s book series of the same name. It starred Kristen Bell as the narrator, Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen, Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf, Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey, Chase Crawford as Nate Archibald, Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass and Taylor Momsen as Jenny Humphrey.