Friends stars pose alongside their younger selves in amazing portraits ahead of reunion episode – The Sun

WE'VE all got pals who seem to get better with age, and it appears this also applies to – some of – the most famous Friends of all.

Present-day pics of the Friends stars next to images of them from the beginning of the show have been mocked up ahead of the reunion episode – with amazing results.

The entire cast signed up for an unscripted special last month, which will be exclusively available on HBO's new streaming service when it launches in May.

The show ran for ten seasons between 1994 and 2004, with fans clamouring for a reunion episode from the moment it ended.

These photos, created by Dutch artist Ard Gelinck, feature past and present versions of Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller) and Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green).

Friends' popularity has remained strong despite being off air for nearly 14 years – with Netflix confirming it was the most streamed show on their platform.

According to TVLine, the reunion will take place at the show's original sound stage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California.

The cast confirmed the news simultaneously on Instagram as they all shared a post of the same cast image alongside the caption: "It’s happening… ⁣"

While Matthew Perry also posted the same message via his Twitter account.

Kevin Reilly, CCO of HBO Max (and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV), said in statement: "Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library.

He continued: "I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation.

"It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time, and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."

All six of the cast will work as executive producers on the special, alongside the show's original executive producers Marta Kauffman, David Crane and Kevin Bright.

The Late Late Show With James Corden's Ben Winston has been enlisted to direct the special – which some fans suspect  will be a cast interview.

The confirmation of the reunion comes after reports the cast would be earning $4 million each to film the unscripted special.

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