Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’ Won’t Have Any Olsen Twins, Dude
You don’t got it, dude. Of all the myriad questions posed by Netflix’s Fuller House revival series (primarily “what,” then “why”), fans of the classic ABC sitcom had to wonder if either of the Olsen twins would reprise the role that first made them famous: Michelle Tanner. Sadly, that series finale horse-riding accident may yet have been more dire than mere amnesia.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that neither Olsen twin will return to the role of Michelle Tanner for Netflix’s Fuller House, and before you go suggesting a more currently popular Olsen, know that she’s fairly busy these days. Showrunner Robert L. Boyett said of the youngest Tanner child’s absence:
Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family. It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House.
Many had speculated the pair might eschew the revival, particularly after public claims they’d never been approached with the idea. For now, only Candace Cameron-Bure, Andrea Barber, Dave Coulier and John Stamos have been confirmed to return, with negotiations ongoing for Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin.
Here’s how Netflix describes its Fuller House revival:
In Fuller House, the adventures that began in 1987 on Full House continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Cameron-Bure) pregnant and recently widowed, living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Barber), along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s two boys — the rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max — and her soon-to-arrive baby.
As yet uncast, here are the breakdowns of D.J. and Kimmy’s respective children:
* Jesse Daniel (aka “JD”) is DJ’s 12/13-year-old son, described as a “ladies’ man” with three girlfriends. He worshiped his dad and is having a difficult time coping with the loss, which results in him acting out. DJ tries to make him a better person — he allegedly resents her for “constantly pushing him to read, do charity work and generally de-shallow” — but it doesn’t sound like her plan is working. (Bonus scoop: JD is a musician and rides bikes, just like his [Great] Uncle Jesse.)
* Max is (presumably DJ’s) 6/7-year-old son who seems to take after “Grandpa Danny” in that he’s got O.C.D. like whoa. “He takes tremendous pride in keeping his room tidy, his shirt tucked in and has already mastered the art of hospital corners.” A tech geek who also lacks rhythm, Max looks up to his older brother and is constantly seeking his approval.
* Ramona is (presumably Kimmy’s) 12/13-year-old daughter. Though she’s bi-racial, Ramona fully embraces her Latina heritage, and considers living with the “white-bread Tanners” to be “totally lame.” She’s described as being smart, but not into school. Instead, her interests include: “boys, fashion, being cool, social media and taking pics every second of every day.” (Sounds a lot like a 2015 version of Miz Gibbler… you know, minus the whole “smart” thing.)
Can’t say as we’re entirely surprised, but is Netflix’s wholly unnecessary Fuller House revival somehow…less…necessary without the Olsens? These are the questions that keep us up at night, dude.