When Pretty Little Liars wrapped up in 2017, our emotions came in waves. Saying goodbye to the “Liars,” the original core group of the series played by Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, and Shay Mitchell, felt like the end of an era. With intricately detailed plot lines that drew you in season after season, it doesn’t surprise us that the series finale was the most tweeted about episode that year, pulling in 1.7 million tweets (via EW).
After the big reveal of antagonists A and A.D., fans were left wanting to know more about what would happen next for the Liars. Although the show hasn’t been off air for long, rumors have been buzzing about a possible reboot for a while. We don’t blame fans for needing that closure. The hit TV series even inspired the Freeform spin-off The Perfectionists, which followed characters Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) and Mona Vanderwaal (Janel Parrish) from the original show, but it was short lived.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. HBO Max announced that a Pretty Little Liars reboot, titled Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, is in the works. It will be set in the same universe as the original series, but will feature all new characters (via Bustle).
Now that it’s finally happening, fans have been curious about what the original cast has to say about the reboot, and if there will be any surprise cameos. Lucy Hale, who portrayed Aria Montgomery, weighed in.
Lucy Hale will not be involved in the reboot, but gives it her blessing
When you’ve grown up with an addictive show like The Pretty Liars, feeling protective over the characters and story lines is natural. But in an interview with Us Weekly, Lucy Hale showed Original Sin nothing but love. “I sincerely wish everyone the best and I hope it’s a huge success. Some people get angry about a reboot, but I think it’s important to be supportive of up-and-coming artists. I’m curious to see what they do with it,” she explained.
While fans may have been hoping for hints that the original cast would return to Rosewood, it doesn’t appear likely. But the good news is that you can catch Hale and your faves in other projects, as most have been keeping super busy since the show ended.
However, it appears original showrunner I. Marlene King was not impressed with news of a reboot and seemingly agreed with a fan’s disapproving tweet. The fan tweeted, “The bodies aren’t even cold yet,” to which King responded, “Literally. They are somewhere in the WB jungle.” Riverdale‘s creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will produce Original Sin and expressed his admiration for King. “We’re such huge fans of what I. Marlene King and her iconic cast created, we knew that we had to treat the original series as #canon and do something different,” Aguirre-Sacasa explained (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Time will tell if the reboot captures the same lightning-in-a-bottle feeling that the original series did.
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