HBO Max’s Gossip Girl has already begun filming, and the Internet has already begun dissecting the behind-the-scenes photos. With cameras now rolling in New York City, all eyes are on the new class of “Manhattan’s elite,” but be warned: They’re nothing like Blair, Serena, Chuck, Dan, Nate, Jenny, and the rest of the original crew. This is a whole new gang and a whole new story, which picks up eight years after the original Gossip Girl website went dark.
Sure, like the original squad, these cool kids hang out on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, remix their prep school uniforms with stylish accoutrements, and dress up for fancy parties—with outfits from original costume designer Eric Daman—but the similarities seem to stop there. According to show co-creator and screenwriter Joshua Safran, this is a more diverse group with more LGBTQ+ representation, navigating New York City in a completely different era.
This new Gossip Girl debuts in 2021. Here are the behind-the-scenes photos to hold you over until then.