Hollywood’s love of reanimated franchises continues, though at least this time they have added some bold casting. Actress Josie Totah, known for her roles in Other People and the TV series Jessie has just landed a role in a revival of Saved by the Bell.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Totah will join the cast as Lexi, a witty cheerleader and the “most popular girl” in school. Totah joins original series stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley who will reprise their respective roles as AC Slater and Jessie Spano for the new show.
Totah’s casting marks what could become a watershed moment in casting. It remains unknown if her character will also identify as transgender.
Totah came out in 2018 in a passionate letter written to Time. In it, she detailed her coming to terms with her gender identity, and the pressure she felt to remain in the closet for fear of hurting her career. Since then, she’s also scored roles in No Good Nick and Magic Camp.
The revival of Saved by the Bell will debut on NBC’s streaming service Peacock, though a release date and other cast members have yet to be announced.