Mark-Paul Gosselaar is reprising his role as Zack Morris in the upcoming Saved by The Bell TV sequel for NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock. And to tease his return to the beloved franchise, the actor has given fans their first look at his character almost 27 years after the original series ended.
On Wednesday, Gosselaar took to Instagram to share a picture of himself in a hair and makeup trailer with the caption: “One of these blondes is going be Zack Morris.” As seen in the photo, the “blondes” he’s referring to is himself and the stylist standing behind him.
The picture was seemingly taken mid-transformation, so there’s a chance that Gosselaar’s hair won’t look different in the sequel. After all, the follow-up series will see Gosselaar’s Zack as the governor of California, so his hairstyle will likely appear sleeker and neater than in the behind-the-scenes photo.
In the sequel, California governor Zack Morris finds himself in hot water after closing several low-income high schools. But in order for the affected students to continue their education, he allows them to attend the highest-performing schools in the state, including Bayside High, giving privileged kids a much-needed and hilarious dose of reality.
In addition to Gosselaar, other original cast members that are returning for the sequel are Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley, who are reprising their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, respectively. The trio will be joined by franchise newcomers John Michael Higgins as Bayside’s Principal Toddman, as well as Josie Totah, Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Pena, and Belmont Cameli as the new generation of high school students.
Great News creator Tracey Wigfield serves as the showrunner of the sequel. She also executive produces the series along with original Saved by the Bell developer Peter Engel and Great News’ Franco Bario. Gosselaar, Lopez, and Berkley are also credited as producers.
Peacock is set to go live on April 15th, but it’s unclear whether the Saved by the Bell sequel will be available for streaming on launch day.