Much has been said about the long-awaited Friends reunion recorded by the six original protagonists Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer for 17 years from the series finale. What we did not know is that the great event for all Friends fans was also going to have a lineup of guest stars from the universe of the series, the world of music and sports.
Friends: The Reunion has announced its premiere date (next May 27 on HBO Max) also communicating a list of special guests that lead Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and the South Korean k-pop group BTS. There are many more, from a wide variety of backgrounds: former footballer David Beckham, presenter James Corden, activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, supermodels Cindy Crawford and Cara Delevingne or television stars Mindy Kaling (The Office) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones).
In the cast, we also find names of actors and actresses belonging to the universe of Friends, such as Maggie Wheeler (the unbearable Janice), James Michael Tyler (the hapless Gunther, owner of Central Perk), Elliott Gould, and Christina Pickles (the Geller couple, parents of Monica and Ross), Reese Witherspoon (Jill, Rachel’s sister), Tom Selleck (Richard, Monica’s memorable ex), Thomas Lennon (Randall, Joey’s ‘identical twin’) or Larry Hankin (the well-known neighbor as Mr. Heckles).
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Designed to boost subscriptions to the HBO Max platform, where it will be broadcast exclusively, the long-awaited Friends meeting was first postponed due to the pandemic but last month it could be carried out in front of the cameras following strict security measures.
This one-hour special was filmed on the series’ original set, Stage 24 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. It was directed by Ben Winston and produced by the original Friends creators Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.