Watch Trans Teen Josie Totah in “Saved by the Bell” Reboot Teaser

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The first teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming Saved by the Bell reboot on Peacock, NBCUniversal's new streaming service.

The new teaser, which shows original Saved by the Bell stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley reprising their roles as A.C. Slater and Jesse Spano, also shows 18-year-old actress Josie Totah being a total mean girl, throwing a little ageist shade at Justin Bieber.

As Variety reported in January, Totah is playing Lexi, "a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High, who is both admired and feared by her fellow students."

The reboot cast also includes Mitchell Hoog, Belmont Cameli, Dexter Darden, Haskiri Velazquez, and Alycia Pascual-Pena. Returning Saved by the Bell stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen are not seen in the teaser because filming was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"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," reads the show's official logline. "The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality."

Totah came out as trans in 2018. “I know I’m lucky to be able to do what I love,” she wrote in an essay for Time. “But I also feel like I let myself be shoved into a box: ’J.J. Totah, gay boy.’”

“My pronouns are she, her and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah.”

Before playing a gay theater kid on NBC’s short-lived sitcom Champions, Totah had notable roles in Spider-Man: HomecomingOther People, and Glee.

“And I can only imagine how much more fun it’s going to be to play someone who shares my identity, rather than having to contort myself to play a boy,” she continued in her essay. “I’m going to gun for those roles, be it a transgender female or a cisgender female. Because it’s a clean slate—and a new world.”

Lopez issued a formal apology last year after calling parents who support their trans kids’ gender identities “dangerous.”

Despite the coronavirus shutdown, the Saved by the Bell reboot is expected to premiere later this year.

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