Saved By The Bell reigned as a leading comedy on NBC from its premiere in 1989 to the series finale in 1993 and continued to have success through re-runs during the late 1990s.
The famed cast members have gone on to develop varied careers. Mark-Paul Gosselaar has had a number of TNT dramas. Mario Lopez has found success hosting Extra on NBC. Then there was Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls, which developed cult classic status for all the wrong reasons.
Now it seems Lifetime is prepared to make a movie detailing the lives of the actors Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond, Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Lark Voorhies, and Elizabeth Berkley during their days on set in the 1980s and early 1990s. The film is currently titled The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story.
Us Weekly announced on Thursday the official casting for the film, a process which was aided by the assistant of Robin Lippin, who was the casting director for Saved By the Bell during its run on NBC.
The six young actors bring with them some television experience and even a few movies. Dylan Everett (Degrassi: The Next Generation) will be playing Gosselaar, with Sam Kindseth (Shameless) as Diamond and Julian Works (The Marked Ones) as Lopez. Alyssa Lynch will take the role of Thiessen, with Taylor Russell McKenzie (Blink) as Voorhies and Tiera Skovbye (Supernatural) as Elizabeth Berkley.
The movie is said to be based on Dustin Diamond's memoir Behind the Bell, as well as separately conducted interviews. If the book is any indication, then there is plenty of sex, drugs, and general mischief ahead in the upcoming Lifetime film.