2:14pm PT by Evan Real
Brandon Thomas Lee Joins 'The Hills' Reboot
Following speculation that MTV would welcome new faces to the cast of its upcoming Hills reboot, Brandon Thomas Lee is the latest star to join Speidi and Co. for the reality TV revival.
The network on Monday announced that the 22-year-old actor and model — who is the eldest son of former couple Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee — has joined the cast of the reboot, titled The Hills: New Beginnings.
Along with O.C. actress Mischa Barton — whose surprise casting was announced on Oct. 3 — Lee will share the screen with original stars Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason Wahler, Frankie Delgado, Justin Bobby Brescia, Stephanie Pratt, Brody Jenner and Whitney Port.
The Hills: New Beginnings was announced in August at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, where several castmembers reunited on the red carpet at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show will follow the cast, their significant others, children and friends living and working in Los Angeles.
Series lead Lauren Conrad and her eventual replacement, Kristin Cavallari, will not be involved. A source previously told The Hollywood Reporter that Conrad has fond memories of the show but is currently focused on her clothing lines and lifestyle brand. Meanwhile, Cavallari's E! docuseries, Very Cavallari, which has been picked up for a second season, has likely prevented her from signing on to New Beginnings.
In its first iteration, The Hills — a spinoff of Laguna Beach — aired for six seasons from 2006-2010. Last month, during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Port said that she fully supports MTV's decision to add new stars to the series' reboot. "I feel like it's a new era and there's only so many of us that are doing the show," she said. "So I totally support bringing in some new peeps to make things interesting."
The Hills: New Beginnings started filming this month and is expected to premiere in 2019.