Friends reunion 'will begin filming next week' as fans get first look at iconic set

THE Friends reunion special will begin filming next week, according to reports in the US.

The much-anticipated get together was but on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic but the cast – David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow – will finally start shooting in Los Angeles.

Deadline reports the actors will return to the show's original Stage 24 set at Warner Bros. Studios.

It comes after Schwimmer told Graham Norton that it will be the first time he's seen his castmates in years.

Hinting at what viewers can expect, he said: “We are all ourselves, although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something.”

Yesterday fans had their first glimpse of Monica's restored apartment.

The set designer from the original run, Greg Grande, has returned in order to perfect the aesthetics.

Designer Greg took to Instagram to share a teaser snap of the set, writing: "Ssssh, something's happening, deja vu… coming alive once again."

The final episode in 2004 saw Monica and Chandler moving away from the apartment with their children to Westchester County.

The original apartment set was the show's staple, with the majority of scenes taking place there or across the hall in Chandler's place.

Schwimmer, 54, who played Ross Geller in the sitcom, recently lifted the lid on the filming schedule starting.

Chatting with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, David shared in March: "Actually, in a little over a month I'm heading out to LA.

"So, finally, I mean, we figured out a way to film it safely and there's going to be a portion of it that we filmed outside because of, you know, for safety protocols."

He also ruled out rumours that Ellen DeGeneres would present the show, saying he could "tell who it is not", which included the talkshow host.

The filming date was originally set for August 2020, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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