‘Gossip Girl’ is back to remind the NYC elite she ‘can see you’ in new HBO Max trailer

Hey all you Upper East siders: “Gossip Girl” is making her return, pinging phones with the latest scoop about the wealthiest teens in Manhattan.  

HBO Max released the official teaser for the upcoming reboot of the 2000s teen drama Friday. The one-minute-long clip features a fashionable, diverse cast mingling at an elegant cocktail bar under the watchful eye of the show’s notorious narrator, voiced by Kristen Bell. 

“You’ve gotten so comfortable, thinking you’re in control – of your image, your action, the narrative – that you forgot one thing: I can see you,” Bell narrates in the background.

With eccentric fashion taste, the fresh set of Upper East Siders appear in metallic dresses, sequined skirts, crispy white button-down shirts and trendy denim. Throughout the teaser Xs and Os, the signature sign-off symbols for Gossip Girl, appear throughout the bar scene: character’s earrings, ring lights on selfie cameras, manicure embellishments and water rings left behind from from lowball cocktail glasses. 

According to the show’s official synopsis, the season will include a 10-episodes first season, introducing viewers to a fresh group of Upper East Side elite, who attend the fictional private schools of the original series, Constance Billard and St. Jude’s. 

A major difference between the reboot and the original series viewers may notice in the first look is the presence of a more racially diverse cast than the original group including Blake Lively and Penn Badgley. The reboot includes characters of color, with Jordan Alexander as Julien Calloway, Zión Moreno as Luna La, Savannah Lee Smith as Monet de Haan and Whitney Peak as Zoya Lott.

HBO Max released the trailer for the upcoming "Gossip Girl" reboot, set to premiere July 8. (Photo: HBO Max)

“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,” reads the show description. 

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During the 2019 Vulture festival, showrunner Joshua Safran revealed, “There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” Safran said. “So, this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show.”

The show will premiere July 8 exclusively on HBO Max. XOXO, Gossip Girl. 

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