Now that the Beverly Hills, 90210 revival is officially a go, we can’t help but wonder how the series will address Dylan McKay’s (Luke Perry) absence.
According to Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman), one thing’s for sure: The reboot won’t capitalize on the Riverdale star’s tragic passing. It will, however, honor Perry “in a very respectful way.”
“We don’t want to go and make a success out of the show based on that, so we’ll definitely tilt our head to that, but I think that we don’t want to go and in any way try to glorify that to make our show successful,” Carteris said during a recent panel, according to Us Weekly. “And I don’t think Luke would want that. So, we’re going to do it in a very respectful way.”
The news about Perry’s death broke in March 2018 after he suffered a massive stroke at age 52. Carteris confirmed that the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 has been “taking care of each other” since his passing. The 58-year-old actress even held a mini reunion at her house in Los Angeles, where they reminisced about their time on the show.
“I was negotiating [the revival], I was cheering the negotiations part of one our larger contracts for commercials when he passed and I flew back to L.A.,” Carteris continued. “I had the cast come to my house and then we’ve just been talking about it and sharing moments and we will dedicate this story to him, you know? We love Luke and it was really hard. It’s a sad thing.”
We first learned about the Beverly Hills, 90210 revival back in March 2018. The cast later released behind-the-scenes pictures from the set of the reboot, and we’re already having Dylan McKay withdrawal.