Will Kristen Bell Be A Part of the ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot?

As Kristen Bell’s first hit series, Veronica Mars, came to an end on the CW, she booked another gig through the network that made just her voice iconic. Bell provided the vocals for the eponymous, omniscient Gossip Girl throughout the series’ six-season run. The question is now: Will she return for the upcoming revival?

There’s a Gossip Girl reboot in the works

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There have been rumors for quite some time that Gossip Girl would be getting a reboot. The teen drama, which ran from 2007-2012, was a huge hit for the CW, and one of the first to help establish the newly formed network.

In case you’re not familiar, Gossip Girl follows a group of Upper East Side teenagers attending a prestigious private school. A blogger keeps track of their every move with help from tips shared by their classmates, friends, and other citizens. It’s a series about what it means to be incredibly wealthy and have your life put on blast. 

Here’s what we know so far

As of July 28, 2019, most of what we have is the logline for the reboot. “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 question on most fans’ minds is who, if any, of the old cast — specifically the core group of Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, and Penn Badgley — would return. Co-creator Josh Schwartz told ET Online that they’ve “reached out to all of them,” and “it would be great to see them again,” but ultimately, they’re not who the reboot will focus on.

Bell is keeping quiet about her involvement

Kristen Bell attends the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 13, 2019, in Santa Monica, California.
Kristen Bell attends the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 13, 2019, in Santa Monica, California. | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

But that doesn’t address Bell’s potential role. When asked about the Gossip Girl revival at San Diego Comic-Con, Bell first clarified that the announcement had been made public, so as not to spoil anything. “I’ve got to tread lightly,” she laughed. “Yes, I got a birthday email from Josh Schwartz, and he mentioned it. I find that to be very exciting.” 

So will she be a part of it? “Why would he let you know, except that you might be involved,” asked the MTV News journalist. “Why would he? Right? That’s the question,” Bell posed mysteriously. She kept up her lack of confirmation when asked if she’d want to participate. “Sure,” Bell replied simply.

Who (or what) is Gossip Girl this time around?

The series was very much shaped by the time — the early days of the internet becoming this unstoppable force in our lives that follows us everywhere. So now, over a decade since the pilot, how will this Gossip Girl be reflective of our current age? Bell told MTV News, “That deep, dark, catty voice is not from the internet. It is from the depths of our human souls.” 

She continues, “It is called jealousy. And pretentiousness, and all of the other, sort of negative emotions that we idolize, where someone needs to feel bigger than someone else and keeping tabs on them is the way to do it. And we’ve called that thing the internet, but I think that it’s a voice inside of all of us. So I don’t think she’s changed much at all. I think she’s still doing her thing.”

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