Brittany Snow is in final negotiations to topline the “Gossip Girl” spin-off, a prequel chronicling the wild teen years of Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) in Los Angeles during the 1980s.
Also cast in the spin-off is Shilo Fernandez (“Jericho”). The two would be joining previously cast Krysten Ritter.
The spin-off 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 backdoor pilot for the spin-off — from WBTV, Alloy, College Hill and CBS Paramount — will air May 11 as a “Gossip” episode.