Friends reunion teaser trailer released
The unscripted episode with the original cast, who will not be in character, to air on HBO Max on 27 May
The long-awaited Friends reunion will be broadcast later this month with the original six protagonists along with numerous celebrity guests, including Malala Yousafzai and David Beckham.
Streaming service HBO Max said it will show the unscripted, one-off special on 27 May following frequent delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
HBO said along with Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, more than 15 celebrity guests would make cameo appearances.
These include former cast members Tom Selleck, who played Monica’s former boyfriend Richard,and Maggie Wheeler who played Janice, Chandler’s former partner known for her shrill laughter.
From the music industry, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and K-pop band BTS will also feature in “Friends: The Reunion” along with Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington.
A teaser video shared on social media showed the six original cast members walking arm-in-arm across a studio lot.
The video was accompanied by a down-tempo version of the US sitcom’s theme tune I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts. A caption described the special as “The One Where We Get to See Our Favorites Back Together Again”.
Cox wrote on Instagram: “This kind of thing doesn’t happen every year, or even every 10, or 15 years. I feel so blessed to have had a chance to reunite with my Friends … and it was better than ever.”
Aniston, referencing a line from an early episode of the show, said: “Could we BE any more excited?!”
The cast will not be in character and will appear as themselves in the special, which was filmed earlier this year on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros lot in Burbank, Los Angeles, the same sound stage as the original comedy.
Friends ended its 10 year run on NBC television in 2004 and became one of the most popular television shows synonymous with 90s culture.
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