The Friends Reunion Special By: Jessica Nitti

After months of rumors and anticipation, the Friends reunion of our dreams is going to become a reality. The cast was set to gather for a special on Home Box Office (HBO’s) streaming service, HBO Max, to honor the iconic sitcom’s 25th anniversary. There have been some bumps in the road to production, however, as the entertainment world has been on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as we wait for what will be Jennifer Aniston’s perfect behind-the-scenes Instagrams from the set, we’re laying out everything we know about the project so far.

It’s official! The Friends reunion, called “The One Where They Get Back Together,” starts streaming on HBO Max on Thursday, May 27. We just got our first teaser for the special event, too, teasing the cast walking arm in arm.

Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry (Chandler), and David Schwimmer (Ross) will reunite at the original Friends soundstage Stage 24, at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank to film. All six stars will also executive produce.

The Late Late Show writer Ben Winston will direct. He’s also an executive producer, along with Friends EPs Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane; and Emma Conway and James Longman.

When the reunion news was announced, the leads all shared the same photo and caption on Instagram “It’s happening” and tagged each other. The image they posted was shot by Mark Seliger, is from the May 18, 1995 issue of Rolling Stone.

The main cast will reunite, revisit the set, have surprises, and share behind-the-scenes footage, but they won’t be portraying their original characters. They’ll simply be appearing as themselves.

HBO Max explained in a statement, “Lastly, in order to avoid any misunderstanding about what this special is, we want to make it very clear that this is not a new, original episode of the series. The cast will be appearing as themselves, not as their beloved characters.”

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