Ashton Kutcher Reveals Why He Returned to ‘That ’70s Show’ Spin-Off Starring Mila Kunis
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis return to the world of “That ’70s Show” – you know, the same old thing they did almost 20 years ago.
The couple, who played love interests on the beloved 2000s sitcom as teenagers before marrying in real life years later, will reprise their roles as Kelso and Jackie in the upcoming Netflix spin-off. “That ’90s Show”.
Kutcher revealed that he and Kunis decided to revisit their star characters out of respect for how the show changed the course of their lives.
“Mila and I were thinking about it,” the actor told Variety Monday at the premiere of his new movie, “Vengeance.” “We thought, ‘Look, we’re only in the position we’re in because of this show, so let’s go back and do this. We just got back and had fun for a week. It was so random and fun.
“It was really nostalgic to be back on set,” Kutcher continued. “It’s all the same people who did ‘That ’70s Show,’ so it was kind of weird.”
Almost all of the show’s original cast will make an appearance in the spin-off, which picks up 15 years after the show’s last installment. “That ’70s Show” ran for eight seasons on Fox until 2006.
“That ’90s Show” will follow Leia (Callie Haverda), the daughter of Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon), who “bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) and the stern brilliance of Red (Kurtwood Smith),” when they visit for the summer, according to the official synopsis.
“Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll never die, it just changes the clothes,” reads the logline.
Original cast members Wilmer Valderrama and Tommy Chong will also appear on “That ’90s Show,” while Danny Masterson, who is awaiting trial on three separate counts of rape, will not be part of the series.
Kutcher said the show was “really funny” and hailed the new cast of young actors, which includes Ashley Aufderheide, Reyn Doi, Maxwell Acee Donovan, Sam Morelos and Mace Coronel, as “phenomenal”.
The comedy received a 10-episode order from Netflix, but currently has no release date.
As for Kutcher and Kunis, the spin-off will be the first time they’ve shared the screen since becoming a couple in 2012 after years of on-screen kissing and friendship.
“Yes, in the show [we kissed], without any feeling,” Kunis said on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast in 2018 of filming “That ’70s Show” with Kutcher. “It’s the weirdest story that no one believes, but it’s God’s honest truth. There was nothing there, and it was like… whatever.
The two began seeing each other years later, after meeting at an awards show. At the time, Kunis and Kucher had been going through separate and very public breakups with Macaulay Culkin and Demi Moore, respectively.
She continued, “We never would have been together if we hadn’t both gone through what we went through to be the people we were when we reconnected.”