‘Fuller House’ Actually Tried to Get Elizabeth Olsen to Play Michelle
There’s little argument that Netflix’s pickup of Fuller House brought some derisive chortles, particularly as one-time series breakouts Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen declined the opportunity to even cameo as Michelle Tanner. These days, younger sister Elizabeth Olsen has deservedly stolen spotlight of her surname, to the point Fuller House even asked the Avengers star to step in as Michelle.
We’ve heard a few eyebrow-raising reports on Olsen involvement with the 13-episode Full House revival, whose promos grow stranger and stranger, primarily back-and-forth between cast attempting to persuade at least one Olsen twin to reprise the role. Fuller House itself will cast some bizarre shade at the twins for their absence, but according to executive producer and returning star John Stamos, the series actually actually attempted to recruit Elizabeth in her older sisters’ role.
Speaking to Andy Cohen on Sirius XM’s Radio Andy (h/t Vulture), Stamos let loose his apparent view of the Olsen siblings as interchangeable:
We actually went to … I don’t think this has been talked about. I didn’t do it, I think [executive producer] Jeff Franklin did. I said, ‘Call the sister [Elizabeth Olsen]. Ask her.’ We talked to her agent and her agent was like, ‘Come on, she’s not going to do that.’ But we did call her agent.
Olsen-free, and its classic theme song due for a Carly Rae Jepsen update, so reads the official Fuller House synopsis:
In Fuller House, the adventures that began in 1987 on Full House continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas), all move in to help take care of D.J.’s three boys — the rebellious 12-year-old Jackson (Michael Champion), neurotic 7-year-old Max (Elias Harger) and her newborn baby, Tommy Jr (Messitt Twins).
Guest appearances by John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis), Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone), Lori Loughlin (Becky Katsopolis) and Scott Weinger (Steve Hale).
Granted, no one seriously thought Elizabeth Olsen would lower herself as second-fiddle to the elder twins for a cursory Michelle appearance, it’s at least of interest to hear they tried.
In the meantime, Fuller House will premiere all Netflix episodes on February 26. Gaze, gaze into its horror below.