Darden joins original series cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez in the new iteration of the high-school-set comedy on NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming service set to launch in April. Josie Totah stars as Lexi.
In the new Saved by the Bell, California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high school and proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.
The original Saved By the Bell ran on NBC for four seasons from 1989-1992. It starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, the fulcrum of a group that included A.C. Slater (Lopez), Jessie Spano (Berkley), Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen), “Screech” Powers (Dustin Diamond), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) and Dennis Haskins as Principal Belding. A spinoff, Saved By the Bell: The College Years, ran one season in 1993-94.
Saved By the Bell will be executive produced and written by Emmy-winning 30 Rock writer-producer Tracey Wigfield. Peter Engel and Franco Bario also executive produce. The series is produced by Universal Television for Peacock.
Darden, best known for his work in The Maze Runner trilogy, just wrapped the lead role in Jeremy Garelick’s upcoming Hulu movie The Binge alongside Vince Vaughn, Eduardo Franco, and Skyler Gisondo, and Son of the South, opposite Lucas Till, Lucy Hale and Brian Dennehy. He previously starred in the documentary musical Witness Uganda, and he also starred in the Sundance award-winning film Burden. Darden is repped by APA and Crimson Media Group.