Brittany Snow to Star in Gossip Girl Spinoff: Confirmed!

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According to sources, it looks as though Star's report that former American Dreams actress Brittany Snow has been cast in the lead role of Lily van der Woodsen (Rhodes) in the forthcoming Gossip Girl spinoff is indeed accurate.

"Brittany is thrilled," a friend of the actress says.

"She loves the original show and thinks the 1980s concept sets the Gossip Girl spin-off apart from other series on television. She can't wait to wear all the fabulous outfits and really sink her teeth into the role."

Brittany Snow - who has appeared in movies including Hairspray and John Tucker Must Die - was the top choice for producers, who thought she would be the perfect choice for the part of young Lily, played on Gossip Girl by Kelly Rutherford.

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She was reportedly offered the role without an audition.

"Brittany always thought she was going to continue her career in films," a source said.

"But this is a marvelous part and she just couldn't say no. This has the potential to be a huge show in the tradition of Melrose Place."

The "backdoor pilot" introducing the show will air as part of the Gossip Girl episode May 11 (episode 2.24, which will air one week before the Season 2 finale).

UPDATE: Michael Ausiello of more-reliable EW reports that Snow has indeed emerged as the front-runner for the role, though it is not 100 percent official.

SECOND UPDATE: Krysten Ritter, who will play Lily's sister Carol Rhodes on the show, confirms to E! that "They just cast Brittany Snow. It's definitely official, and I think I'm the first one to know that. It wasn't official earlier, I saw on the Internet, but now it is official."

What do you think? Can you see Snow as young Lily? Is she a good fit for the Gossip Girl spinoff role, or would you have preferred another?

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Nsfan

it has been officially announced that she is playing lily
i tink anyway ;)

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god no she's no lily van der woodsen

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OMG, wot da hell u tlkin bout? who cares bout eye colour?? its da actin not eyes!! shes a gr8 actress so im watchin it!!

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omg i think that would be ah-mazing! she is such a good actress!

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Now there is no question; i will totally watch the spin-off since Brittany Snow's going to be in it.

Mcdreamyincandlelight

I love brittany snow, but this role just isn't for her! she doesn't look anything like kelly rutherford. :|

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If you're trying to match Lily on the show, then Kelly has dark green eyes. But in the books, of course Lily has blue eyes like her daughter. Eye color doesn't bother me so much, because sometimes in some light Kelly looks like she has dark blue eyes. The one thing that has stayed true to the books in GG is that Serena and her mother are TALL. So that's the detail that irks me the most because Britt is hella short. Meh.

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I think no one can replace Kelly. Brittany Snow may be a nice actress, but she is just not Lily...

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OMG!!!What? This Brittany Snow is ABSOLUTELY horrible. I really don't see her playing a younger Lily!!! Brittany and Kelly don't look the same.
DOOH!!!
Maggie Grace would of been better!
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I think Britt will be good! She was great on American Dreams. She doesn't look exactly like Kelly Rutherford, but who does? Has everyone heard that No Doubt will be on the original GG in May? How crazy is that?! Check it out: http://squareeyes.blinkx.com/?...

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