With the number of TV shows from the 1990s that have been getting rebooted or revived over the last few years – from Saved by the Bell to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Hollywood continues to bring back more memorable characters to the small screen.
Fans of That ’70s Show might be interested to know that actor Wilmer Valderrama (Encanto), who played the character Fez, the sitcom’s beloved albeit stereotypical foreign exchange student, might be interested in doing it again. That ’70s Show originally ran for eight seasons on Fox, from 1998 to 2006.
During a recent interview with TV Insider, Valderrama didn’t shut the door on possibly reprising his role for the upcoming Netflix series That ’90s Show, which will follow the adventures of Leia Forman (Callie Haverda), the daughter of original characters Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon). Already signed on for the revival are original actors Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith as Leia’s grandparents, Kitty and Red Forman.
“I’m a little busy now,” Valderrama said. “But I support them so much. I’m rooting for them. I wish them nothing but the best. And if the timing is right, I’d never say no.”
Since That ’70s Show ended in 2006, Valderrama has had an eventful career. He’s starred in films like Larry Crowne opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and recently lent his voice to a couple of animated films, Onward and the Oscar-winning Encanto.
Most of Wilmer Valderrama’s success has come with his roles on TV series like Handy Manny, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and NCIS where he has portrayed special agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres for the last seven seasons.
If Fez does come back for a cameo in That ’90s Show, maybe viewers can finally find out what Latin American country he is from. The long-running gag of never finding out his Latine roots in the original show was fun while it lasted, but we think it’s high time that we know who Fez is rooting for in the World Cup.