Penn Badgley's New Role Is Eerily Similar to Dan Humphrey

The beloved actors and actresses of Gossip Girl have come a long way since their days of televised teen drama. Goddess Blake Lively has starred in numerous blockbuster films, the gorgeous Leighton Meester has dabbled in every area of the arts (even making her Broadway debut), and Ed Westwick currently has a role in White Gold, a BBC comedy. But where’s Penn Badgley been hiding all these years?

Although I'm happy he released some pretty rad music and married singer Domino Kirke in February, I’ve missed seeing his face on my screen. Lucky for all Gossip Girl fans, Badgley has landed the lead role in a new show called You, reports Cosmopolitan. The series is based on a 2014 young adult novel of the same name by writer Caroline Kepnes. The book garnered a ton of praise—and it sounds like this so-called darker version of Gossip Girl is going to be a hit. 

Entertainment Weekly says the series is “a 21st-century love story about an obsessive, yet brilliant bookstore manager named Joe Goldberg (Badgley), who uses the hyper-connectivity of today's technology to make the woman of his dreams, an aspiring writer named Beck, fall in love with him.” Dan, is that you?

Cosmo reports that You is set to premiere next April on Lifetime—aka we'll be waiting eagerly until then.