Featuring several celebrity guests, comprising David Beckham and Malala Yousafzai, the long-awaited Friends reunion is reportedly set to be broadcasted in the latter half of May 2021, with all six of the original cast set to make a return to the screen. As per HBO Max streaming service, it will broadcast the one-off special on 27th May after frequent delays in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sources state that, from the music industry, Lady Gaga, K-pop band BTS, and Justin Bieber, will also be featured in “Friends: The Reunion”. The guests will also include Kit Harrington, the actor from the Game of Thrones. HBO stated that along with Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, and David Schwimmer, over 15 celebrity guests would be making cameo appearances.
These comprise previous cast members Maggie Wheeler, who played the role of Chandler’s former partner, Janice, known for her shrill laughter, and Tom Selleck, who played Richard, Monica’s former boyfriend.
Sources cite that a teaser video shared on social media depicted the original six cast members who were walking across a studio lot arm-in-arm. The video was played with a down-tempo version of the sitcom’s theme tune “I’ll Be There for You” by the Rembrandts. The special was described by a caption as “The One Where We Get to See Our Favorites Back Together Again”.
For the record, rumours regarding the reunion first came up in the month of November 2019. However, then reliable sources opined that another shot would only be further decreasing what Friends once was, even if its making costs a truckload of cash.
It is to be noted that the celebrity cast will not be in character and will be appearing as themselves in the special. The special was earlier filmed in 2021 on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros lot in Burbank, LA, which is the same sound stage as the original comedy. The 10-year run of Friends on NBC television ended in 2004.