Brittany Snow to star in "Gossip Girl" spinoff

Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:21pm EST
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It seems the "Gossip Girl" spinoff has found its Lily.

Brittany Snow ("Hairspray") is in final negotiations to star in the project, a prequel chronicling the wild teen years of Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) in Los Angeles during the 1980s.

Also cast in the spinoff is Shilo Fernandez ("Jericho"). The two would be joining previously cast Krysten Ritter.

The spinoff centers on then-Lily Rhodes (Snow), who, after a falling-out with her parents, is forced to move in with her sister, Carol (Ritter), the black sheep of the family.

Overnight, Lily has to transition from a life of luxury and education at a wealthy Montecito boarding school to living deep in the San Fernando Valley she once made fun of and going to public school. Caught between two worlds, Lily dives into the fast-paced Sunset Strip and the Hollywood lifestyle of the '80s, journeying over the hill to a world of wealth and excess that used to be her own.

Fernandez will play Owen, a hot Valley punk guy with a caustic wit.

The pilot for the spinoff will air May 11 as a "Gossip" episode.

(Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters)

<p>Actress Brittany Snow arrives for the Heart's Truth Red Dress collection show at New York Fashion Week in New York, February 13, 2009. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri</p>