Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone reboot once again adds to its already stellar cast, bringing Zazie Beetz and Betty Gabriel aboard. Originally airing from 1959 to 1964, The Twilight Zone brought sophisticated and socially conscious anthology style horror, sci-fi and supernatural storytelling to network TV, and would go on to become one of the classic shows of all-time.
Now, 60 years after creator and host Rod Serling first took audiences on a trip to the Twilight Zone, CBS All Access will revive the show for the streaming era, with Get Out director Jordan Peele as executive producer and presenter. The list of actors lining up to appear on the new incarnation of the Zone includes Seth Rogen, who will co-star in an episode with Jacob Tremblay, John Cho and Allison Tolman. Adam Scott is also set to star in an episode that remakes the classic Twilight Zone story "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."
As reported by Deadline, Atlanta star Zazie Beetz and Get Out's Betty Gabriel are the latest actors to sign up for a tour of Peele's Twilight Zone. There's no word on the specifics of their roles, but the two will reportedly star together in an early episode of the anthology series. Indeed, details on most of the series' 10 episodes are being kept under wraps.
Beetz has of course already made her mark in series television on Donald Glover's acclaimed show Atlanta, playing Earn's sometime-girlfriend Van. Beetz has also made the crossover to movies, starring as Domino in Deadpool 2. She's also set to appear alongside Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. Betty Gabriel for her part has a prior connection to Peele, having played the housekeeper Georgina in his Oscar-winning horror movie Get Out.
Beetz and Gabriel join a series cast that also includes Sanaa Lathan, who reportedly stars in the kick off episode "Rewind." The series' second episode, entitled "The Comedian," appropriately stars a pair of funny men in Kumail Nanjiani and Tracy Morgan. Another early season episode, "The Traveler," stars Steven Yeun and Greg Kinnear. Ginnifer Goodwin and James Frain are also on the cast list, for an episode entitled "Point of Origin."
Whatever Peele has in store for his new take on The Twilight Zone, it's already clear he will have a strong roster of actors realizing his vision on screen. Powerful performances were of course a hallmark of the original Zone, as much as the strong, imaginative, thematically challenging writing, and of course the iconic presence of the cigarette-smoking Serling as your guide through the unknown.