Beverly Hills: 90210 to return with original cast

Tori Spelling starred in the original Beverly Hills: 90210.
Tori Spelling starred in the original Beverly Hills: 90210. Photo credit: Fox / Access Hollywood

Beverly Hills: 90210 is back - but with a twist.

Tori Spelling, who launched her career playing Donna Martin on the hit 1990s TV show, has confirmed what Hollywood rumours have been speculating for months.

In an interview with Access Hollywood on Friday (local time), the 45-year-old was asked about recent paparazzi photos of her and other cast members out getting coffee together.

"It's confirmed," she admitted. "We're doing a new 90210."

The news was met with great excitement from the hosts, who got to their feet and applauded at the news of the long-awaited revival.

Spelling says the new show won't be anything like the 2008 reboot, in which she made a brief appearance as Donna - but it won't be much like the original show either.

"It's not technically a reboot, because I feel like everyone has seen the reboot," she told Access Hollywood.

"We don't want to be the last ones like doing the reboot thing, and no one wants to see like old versions of ourselves, but they do want to see us playing our characters, so what we're doing is the entire cast is playing heightened versions of themselves."

She hinted that the new show would be more of a mockumentary than a straight soap opera, with the cast playing themselves as well as their 90210 characters.

"So the fans will be pleasantly surprised because we will intercut that with scenes from the show."

Spelling says while most of the "OG crew" is on board, a couple of the actors are still only maybes. Luke Perry, who played Dylan McKay, is currently committed to another popular teen show - Riverdale, in which he plays the father of lead character Archie Andrews.

Meanwhile Shannon Doherty, who played Brenda Walsh, has spent the last few years battling breast cancer. Spelling said the cast would "love to have [her] on" if she's well enough.

A few days before Spelling's announcement, Gabrielle Carteris (who played Andrea Zuckerman) told media at the Screen Actors Guild Awards that 90210 would be making a comeback.

While a launch date has yet to be announced, Spelling said she hoped it would premiere in 2019.

The original 90210 was fairly groundbreaking in its portrayal of social issues such as eating disorders, racism, sexual assault and suicide, as well as the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s.

It ran for 10 seasons from 1990 to 2000.