July 08, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Stop the rumors. Beverly Hills, 90210 finally has a new kid in town. Now that Shannen Doherty’s Brenda has left home (she’s in London studying acting), the void will be filled by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, 20, late of NBC’s canceled Saved by the Bell: The College Years and the real-life girlfriend of 90210 star Brian Austin Green. According to sources, Fox has cast Thiessen to play Valerie, the daughter of the Walshs’ East Coast friends, who moves into Brenda’s old room. It looks like Valerie will have no trouble filling Brenda’s tempestuous heels. Once she joins up, the new girl will soon reveal that she’s cool, she’s beautiful, and she’s trouble: In a relationship with Dylan (Luke Perry), she’ll drive him back to substance abuse.

Thiessen is only one of several changes to the 90210 cast. With heartthrobs Jason Priestley (Brandon) and Perry both restless for film careers, 90210‘s newest hunk will be Jamie Walters, 25. Last seen in The Heights, Walters will play a blue-collar guy who wins Donna’s (Tori Spelling) heart. In the poor-boy/rich-girl scenario, their romance will turn abusive. And Kathleen Robertson will return as Claire, the school chancellor’s daughter. After moving into the beach house with Donna and Kelly (Jennie Garth), Claire will shift her lustful sights from Brandon to David (Green). We can hardly wait.

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