The expected reunion special of Friends has ultimately received a US release date and trailer after a lengthy delay induced by the pandemic.
Friends: The Reunion will be ready to be viewed on the HBO Max streaming service from May 27th after the sitcom’s initial cast could film collectively last month.
Friends were one of the most influential sitcoms of the 90s and completed in 2004.
The 10-series show has gained a new generation of fans acknowledgements to re-runs and streaming services such as Netflix.
All six members of the primary cast – Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Matthew Perry (Chandler), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), and David Schwimmer (Ross) – are arranged to take part. However, it’s not yet been declared how it can be seen in the UK.
They will feature beside other supporting stars, including James Michael Tyler (Gunther), Maggie Wheeler (Janice), Tom Selleck (Richard) and Reese Witherspoon (Jill), as well as Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles. They are supposed to be Ross and Monica’s parents, Jack and Judy.
Celebrity guests, including Lady Gaga, BTS, Cara Delevingne, David Beckham, Mindy Kaling, James Corden, Justin Bieber and Malala Yousafzai, are also expected to arrive.
A trailer for the reunion, delivered on Thursday, confers the six actors walking collectively to a melodic variant of the series iconic theme-tune of I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts.
Stories of a reunion initially swirled back in November 2019. It was initially due to Air in May 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic held production throughout the year.
Filming for the distinctive eventually take place last month on the show’s original soundstage on the Warner Bros set in Burbank, California, in the presence of a live audience.
Jennifer Aniston partook the trailer on Instagram on Thursday, appending: “It’s official! The #FriendsReunion premieres on May 27th on @HBOMax – could we BE any more excited?!”
The stars of favourite US sitcom Friends have proffered their thoughts on everything their characters would be doing now, leading to their eagerly anticipated TV reunion.
Matt LeBlanc holds Joey as a sandwich shop chain, while Jennifer Aniston assumes Rachel would have her clothing line.
Matthew Perry, in the meantime, told People magazine that Chandler would presently be “a wonderful father and comedy writer”.
People conversed to the stars a week before Friends: The Reunion is screened.
The sitcom’s six leading actors recorded the TV special on the show’s unique sound stage in April, and it will be streamed on HBO Max in the US from May 27th.
Friends continued from 1994 to 2004 and presented its actors’ to become international stars. Until now, though, they have evaded the chance to reunite en masse.
Lisa Kudrow, who performed the eccentric Phoebe Buffay, said the event had been “emotional”, while LeBlanc said it had been “kind of melancholy”.
Invited to perceive her character’s fate in the present day, Kudrow said Phoebe would be dwelling in Connecticut with her partner and their kids.
“She’s in-charge of the arts curriculum for the school,” said the 57-year-old. “[She’d be] the advocate for her children because they’re distinctive like she was.”
Courteney Cox said Monica would also be associated with her local school and be the head of its parent-teacher association (PTA).
“Monica would be planning something competitively with other moms and trying to outdo them,” she said. “Whether it’s the bake auction at school or something… she’d be so disturbing.”
David Schwimmer, meanwhile, proposed palaeontologist Ross “would’ve funded in Joey’s sandwich shop and lost a lot of his economies for his kids”.
The reunion special will mark the actors reminisce about the show, get part in an episode table read and revisit the popular trivia game from Friends’ fourth term.
Reese Witherspoon, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and David Beckham are among the celebrity guests expected to arrive.
A UK broadcaster has to be disclosed, but Sky is thought to be the frontrunner to acquire the rights.