With rumors swirling for quite some time about a possible reboot of the hit show 'Saved by the Bell', we are now getting some confirmation that it is actually going to happen. And while reboots of some of our favorite shows are always exciting, it was unknown whether any of the original cast would be making appearances on the show. Fortunately, not only has the filming begun, but some of the biggest castmembers have already shared information on what characters to expect in the show, as well as, the new faces that will take on different roles. Here's everything that we currently know.
The New Saved by the Bell Plot Announcement
People have so many questions about what to expect from the 90s reboot, but thankfully the details have emerged and there will certainly be some major differences between original and its contemporary counterpart. Regarding the plot, the Hollywood Reporter was privileged to be given exactly the storyline.
"When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest-performing schools in the state—including Bayside High," the Hollywood Report was told. "The influx of new students gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality."
Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley Returning Along with New Faces
The cast of Saved by the Bell will feature some of the old characters with a handful of new faces. One of the biggest new additions is with that of Josie Totah. The actress, who recently came out as transgender, will play Lexi. The Hollywood Reporter describes their character as "a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High who is both admired and feared by her fellow students".
Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez, who played Jessie and Slater, respectively, will both be making a return to the show. Berkley made the exciting announcement back in September on Instagram emphatically stating, "I’M SO EXCITED.... here we gooooo!!! @mariolopez.... are you ready for grownup Jessie?!” she wrote on Instagram. “Jessie and Slater are back for more fun. We are thrilled to have Emmy winning 30Rock writer @TraceyWigfield bring the sequel to life on NBC/Universal."
Mark-Paul Gosselaar Returning in Limited Role, Tiffani Theissen a Possibility
Just this past Thursday, it was also revealed by The Hollywood Reporter that Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the actor who played Zack Morris, will also be returning to the show. His role, however, will not be a considerable one, as he's only slated for three episodes and will mainly be contributing the show's production.
Another big development in the cast assembly is that production is in talks with Tiffani-Amber Theissen, the young heart-throb who played Kelly Kapowski, although nothing has been finalized between the parties as of now. Still, it's an exciting time as the show has already began filming and some of the castmembers are providing people with an inside look at the filming.
Lopez and Berkley Give Fans an Inside Look on Set at The Max
On Saturday, Lopez posted a video to his Instagram account of the actor and Berkley sitting inside an easily recognizable scene - The Max, which was a diner featured in the show, where the Bayside students spent most of their free time. In the Instagram post, Lopez captioned it with 'Back at The Max' with Berkley commenting, "Talk about being in a time machine."
Although filming has begun, there is no set date for when the reboot will hit NBC's new streaming platform, Peacock. It is slated to be shown around April, though.