Fuller House will be revisiting fan-favorite character Nelson, but don’t expect to see a familiar face.
Jason Marsden originally played Nelson, DJ Tanner’s ex-boyfriend, on Full House, but Queer as Folk actor Hal Sparks will step into the role for the Netflix revival, EW has confirmed. Details surrounding Nelson’s storyline in Fuller House are not known at this time.
In videos posted to Twitter in August, Marsden said the writers tried “their darnedest” to get him on the show to reprise his role as Nelson, but he decided to decline. Though he didn’t provide a reason for not returning to the franchise, Marsden did share a message regarding the future actor portraying DJ’s ex-boyfriend. “I hope whoever they get to play Nelson is fantastic. I hope he’s still short,” said Marsden, introducing the hashtag #KeepNelsonShort. “I hope the producers aren’t like, ‘Now we can do this, let’s do it again right.’”
The new series follows a grown-up DJ (Candace Cameron Bure), now a single mother raising two young boys, with the help of her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and long-time best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber). The original heads of the household during the Full House years, Danny (Bob Saget), Jesse (John Stamos), and Joey (Dave Coulier) occasionally guest star on the series.
See Marsden as Nelson in Full House below.