Gossip Girl Exclusive: Illeana Douglas Drops Out

Gossip Girl is back to square one in its search for Lily’s sister.

Illeana Douglas, who landed the role Lily’s older sibling Carol earlier this month, has dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Producers are in the midst of recasting the character.

It’s too bad, because Douglas was the spitting image of Krysten Ritter, who originated the role during season 2’s big ’80s flashback episode (which also served as a backdoor pilot for the ill-fated GG spinoff).

What do you say you help out the Gossip gurus by recommending some suitable replacements for Douglas in the comments. I’ll get you started: I think they should offer the part to… er… nope, I got nothin’.

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  1. Jasmine says:

    I can’t believe it! This sucks major monkey balls. I’m disappointed. This season has sucked royally.

  2. Alexis says:

    Justine Bateman

  3. Darius says:

    Disappointing news indeed…

  4. Ross says:

    Great idea — JUSTINE BATEMAN!

  5. Darius says:

    I’m still hoping for a Melrose reunion so I’d say… Josie Bissett, Laura Leighton or… Heather Locklear?! Hahahah.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Krysten Ritter actually looks a bit like Winona Ryder, but (a) Winona Ryder is younger than Kelly Rutherford and (b) I don’t think Gossip Girl could get her.

  7. Jamie says:

    I think The CW should wait for this actress.
    I’m not majorly fussed with this storyline and would rather wait as she does look exactly like the original actor, just older, obviously.

  8. Tonya says:

    I don’t think anyone is going to get better looks wise than Illeana Douglas for the role (in comparison to Krysten Ritter, but I think with some darker hair Stephanie Romanov would be a great choice.

  9. jerry says:

    Sharon Lawrence?

  10. AStar says:

    How about Lena Olin ?

  11. Jordan says:

    Laura Leighton’s too busy with Pretty Little Liars, maybe Brooke Shields? I mean if Hannah Montana could get her, I think Gossip Girl could too.

  12. ck says:

    Steve Buscemi.

  13. Rande says:

    What about Mackenzie Philips? I think she looks a lot like Krysten and Illeana

  14. zeus says:

    What about Meryl Streep?

  15. Terri says:

    I would take the job if they gave me a nose job. Bet I could rock with the best of them.

  16. Josh says:

    Kristin Chenoweth! She is hot!

  17. Brock says:

    Lena Olin is a top choice.

    And, like an earlier poster – this is by far my fave season. katie Cassidy was exceptional. I hope she’s a Charlie’s Angel!

  18. M says:

    Kristin Davis or Sherilyn Fenn

  19. kim in Dallas says:

    Kelly Rowen with a wig?

  20. Jenny says:

    talking about a Melrose reunion: JAMIE LUNER!! my god that would be soooo awesome!!

    • Darius says:

      Oh my god, YES! But Lily is older than Jamie. Brooke Langton (who played Samantha on Melrose) could also pull it off.

  21. Robin says:

    Melanie Griffith – she could be an older sister to Lilly for sure!!

  22. dee123 says:

    3 words: Julie Cooper Nichol, hopefully Josh Schwartz still has Melinda Clarke’s number.

  23. drew says:

    Lesli Kay is the right age and look.

  24. Amy says:

    Lisa Edelstein or Jennifer Beals!

  25. T says:

    Daphne Zuniga could be an option (although she’s been on OTH).
    They’ll probably end up casting someone from a daytime soap like they’ve done on many occasions. Same thing happened when Adrianne Palicki turned down the role of Raina and then they cast Tika Sumpter.

  26. PLL says:

    Yup, Justine Bateman would be a great option.
    Also Jessica Hecht

  27. JC says:

    “dropped out due to a scheduling conflict.” Seriously? Isn’t that something they should have figured out before signing her.

  28. Dan R. says:

    Why not Florencia Lozano who was originally Eleanor Waldorf? Sort of makes it full circle.

  29. dee says:

    Nicollette Sheridan!!

  30. PLEASE says:

    I say just bring back Krysten Ritter and age her…that is what makeup artist are for :D :D!!! Plus I think it will be super hard to replace her after the amazing job she did on the valley girls episode on Gossip Girl!!! COME ON YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO LOL!!!

  31. Ctbadger says:

    How about Lizzy Caplan?

  32. Jason says:

    That lady who used to play Miss Dipesto, the secretary on Moonlighting.

  33. Jason says:

    No, wait…Angelina Jolie.

  34. Jordan says:

    Just because the actress is younger than Lily doesn’t mean she can’t do it, Shantel VanSanten is younger then Bethany Joy Galeotti and she plays Galeotti’s older sister on OTH, I think they should get Marisa Tomei.