10:21pm PT by Natalie Stone
Jodie Sweetin: Michelle Tanner Will "Have a Presence" on 'Fuller House'
Though Full House fans may still be wiping away tears that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not returning for Netflix's Fuller House, Michelle Tanner will "still have a presence" on the show, according to Jodie Sweetin.
The Full House star played Stephanie Tanner on the original series, and will return for the Netflix reboot alongside co-stars Bob Saget, John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier and Andrea Barber.
Though the Olsen twins will not return to play the beloved little sister, Sweetin told US Weekly: "The Michelle character is still going to have a presence. It's not like were not talking about her."
In an exclusive statement given to The Hollywood Reporter on May 22, executive producer Robert L. Boyett said the twins would not return: "Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family. It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House."
Sweetin told US Weekly that filming for Fuller House will begin in July.
"We first started talking about this in like 2007, 2008 about trying to do some sort of a spinoff and kind of bringing the characters back. This has been a long time in the making," Sweetin said. "I had kind of given up for periods of time where I'm like, 'It's not going happen!' But we pitched it to Netflix and they were so excited about it."
Full House creator Jeff Franklin will return to oversee Fuller House alongside exec producers Robert L. Boyett and Thomas L. Miller.