It’s been 25 years since we were first introduced to 21 Jump Street. The cop drama was a breakout hit that featured a young Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson Peete. The actress, who also appears in the remake, has given the film version her stamp of approval.
The film centers on two young cops that go undercover at a high school to bust a drug ring. It takes a few notes from the show, which ran from 1987-1991.
Depp left the show after the fourth season, while Peete stayed on the entire run. Her allegiance to 21 Jump Street knows no bounds. That’s why she was more than happy to reprise her role for the remake.
According to Zap2it, Peete’s given the new 21 Jump Street her blessing.
“I like Jonah and Channing, I really do,” says Peete. “I think they’re going to do it justice. When I went in to film my cameo, I was amazed at their comedic timing. I felt they could maintain the integrity of the program. But you know, in the end, it’s a comedy; it’s about making people laugh.”
If you look closely, you can catch Peete’s cameo in the 21 Jump Street trailer. She’s the one that introduces Tatum and Hill’s characters to the famous program.
Peete’s come a long way from her days as an undercover cop. After 21 Jump Street was canceled, she moved on to the ’90s sitcoms Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and For Your Love.
Most recently she appeared on CBS’ The Talk and the hit comedy, Mike & Molly.
Be On The Lookout: Depp, who portrayed Officer Tom Hanson on the original 21 Jump Street TV series between 1987 – 1991 will be filming his secretive appearance for the upcoming film on Wednesday.
21 Jump Street is the big screen adaptation of the hit TV series that centers around two police officers (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) and their exploits as they are forced to work undercover in schools. Rapper Ice Cube will play the duo’s police chief and actress Brie Larson is the romatic lead. The film is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) and produced by Neil Moritz. The movie’s supporting cast consists of Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Dave Franco and Jake Johnson. It is scheduled for theatrical release March 16th, 2012.
There’s no word yet whether Depp will be reprising his role as Officer Hanson, a part that lasted for 80 episodes during the show’s original run, but our inside scooper managed to sneak a few details away from the movie’s set:
Depp will be arriving at Second Line Stages in New Orleans, Louisiana, tomorrow to film his cameo for the film. The slot for his role is only labeled as “D.B.” Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum will be off camera, while Peter Deluise will join Deppin what appears to be one of the first scenes for the film. Second Line Stages is located at 800 Richard St. New Orleans, LA, and was recently occupied by Warner Bros’ upcoming superhero movie Green Lantern.