Penn Badgley Is Returning To TV In What Sounds Like A Darker Version Of "Gossip Girl"

    What a time to be alive.

    Lonely Boy Penn Badgley has been mostly absent from our TV screens for five long years, but now he's making his return with You, a new psychological thriller series on Lifetime.

    Badgley will reportedly be playing the lead role of bookstore manager Joe Goldberg in the series...

    ...and lucky for us, it sounds a lot like a darker version of Gossip Girl:

    Based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, “YOU” is a 21st century love story that asks, “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way.

    A guy who loves books + internet and social media sleuthing + a twisted love story? Definitely getting some scary-Dan-Humphrey vibes.

    The series is set to premiere on Lifetime in 2018.