Friends stars reveal what they imagine their characters are doing now as trailer for special is out


The official trailer for Friends: The Reunion has been released, ahead of the programme being broadcast in the US next week.

It was announced earlier this month that the much-anticipated new episode of the popular TV comedy will be aired on Thursday 27 May, featuring all six members of the original cast.

And on Wednesday, the trailer for the one-off unscripted special was shared, including clips from the episode.

It showed the stars walking around the original set at Warner Bros Studios in California, taking part in a trivia game and doing a table read of well-known scenes, including Phoebe spotting Monica and Chandler kiss from season 5.

Friends David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc at the Emmys in 2002
(L-R) David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc at the Emmys in 2002

Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry all return.

“We have such a bond from this show,” said Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay.

Schwimmer, who starred as Ross Geller, added: “Everyone was so perfectly cast.”

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And Cox, who played Monica Geller, said: “It was an incredible time. We became best friends.”

The trailer ends with Aniston telling the rest of the cast that she loves them as they embrace.

Speaking to People magazine ahead of the special being broadcast, the cast discussed what they thought their characters would be doing now.

Aniston, who played Rachel Green, said that getting back together for the reunion was “like a family. I don’t have sisters. It’s what I assume sisters are like”.

Speaking about what Rachel’s life would be currently like, Aniston said: “I would like to have maybe started a clothing line of my own, and it’s sort of a small franchise.

“Like a Nili Lotan. And I live in New York City on the Upper East Side.”

Friends Reunion trailer
All six stars returned for the episode

Cox said: “Monica would be doing something competitively with other mothers and trying to outdo them.

“Whether it’s the bake sale at school or something. I mean, she’d be so annoying.

“She’d be at the head of the PTA or something.”

Kudrow thinks Phoebe “is living in Connecticut with Mike and their kids, and she’s in charge of the arts programme for the school.

The cast reunited for the one-off unscripted special
The six will be joined be celebrities and other case members

“And just the advocate for her kids because they’re different like she was.”

Perry believes his character Chandler Bing “would be a wonderful father. And a wonderful comedy writer”, while LeBlanc said Joey Tribbiani “would have opened a chain of sandwich shops”.

Schwimmer said Ross would “have invested in Joey’s sandwich shop and lost a lot of his savings for his kids”.

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James Corden hosts the programme and asks the actors questions, and the episode also includes a string of other celebrity appearances, such as Lady Gaga, David Beckham and Justin Bieber.

Friends, which ended its 10-year run on NBC in 2004, was about six 20-somethings in New York.

It was one of the most popular TV shows of the 1990s and found a new life on streaming platforms where it continues to be one of the most-watched shows worldwide.

The new episode will air in America on HBO Max.

A UK release has not yet been announced.

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