DeWanda Wise and Jessica Williams are adding a new dimension to their screen careers by joining the ensemble of an upcoming episode of The Twilight Zone, the Jordan Peele-led revival of the classic sci-fi and fantasy brand for CBS All-Access.
The same episode will also feature Lucinda Dryzek, Jefferson White and Jonathan Whitesell. Previously announced cast includes John Cho, Greg Kinnear, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay and Steven Yeun. Oscar-winner Peele, the creative mind behind Get Out and the upcoming Us, will host and narrate.
DeWanda Wise currently stars as Nola Darling in the Netflix adaptation of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, which returns this year for its second season.. Wise’s other television credits include Shots Fired, Underground, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, The Mentalist and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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Wise’s film credits include the upcoming comedies Someone Great and The Weekend. Wise is the writer of the short film Where You Go and she also was the star and executive-producer of How to Tell You’re a Douchebag.
Williams is the co-creator of 2 Dope Queens, the screen and podcast brand that returns to HBO next month with four new one-hour specials. Williams will be seen soon in Corporate Animals, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as Booksmart. Williams is also locked in for a Showtime comedy as star, writer and executive producer.
Her past television credits include The Daily Show, HBO’s Girls and Nickelodeon’s Just for Kicks while her film credits include Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Incredible Jessica James and People Places Things.
The Twilight Zone is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Glen Morgan and Greg Yaitanes as well as Carol Serling, the widow of original Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, and Rick Berg, manager of the Serling literary estate.
The original The Twilight Zone premiered on CBS on Oct. 2, 1959 with a promise to take viewers to “a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity, it is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call…The Twilight Zone.”
The series aired for a relatively modest five years but its popularity and influence echo across generations of fans. Reruns and marathons have kept the brand alive as a signature name in pop culture with its eerie Bernard Herrmann-composed theme, socially conscious spirit, metaphorical twists and nightmarish citizenry. All those elements were united in melodramatic effect by the wry baritone of host, narrator and creator Rod Serling.
The pioneering sci-fi and fantasy anthology series featured a stage-play production and contributions from major talents, among them Robert Redford, Sydney Pollack, Ray Bradbury, Richard Donner, Robert Duvall, Ron Howard, Carol Burnett, Leonard Nimoy, Dennis Hopper, Buster Keaton and Lee Marvin. All 156 episodes of the original series are available now for streaming on CBS All Access.
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