Media maven Jordan Peele has been cast to host the revamp of the anthology television series “The Twilight Zone.”
From comedic genius to modern day horror mastermind, Peele is steadily climbing the industry ladder as a comedian, director, writer and producer with his unique projects, including the hit film #GetOut and his highly anticipated #US. Now, he’s been hired as the new host for CBS’ All Access show “Twilight Zone.”
CBS announced the news with a trailer which featured Peele speaking rhetorically to viewers, in true Rod Sterling fashion. The trailer opens up with Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium abruptly shutting down, with Peele being the only person walking the field. As he walks towards an empty door, he asks viewers to “witness an empty space, filled with thousands of screaming people, a man both nowhere and everywhere at the same time, answers our new questions. The unthinkable is the expected. When truth is not the truth, what dimension are you even in?” Peele then walks through the familiar white door that is well-known by generations and then disappears. The teaser revealed that fans could look forward to the show debuting on April 1st.
The remake of the show is set to star Kumail Nanjiani, Steven Yeun, Allison Tolman, Ike Barinholtz Jessica Williams, John Cho, and Adam Scott—who’s taking over for William Shatner in a remake of “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet”—among others.
The original “The Twilight Zone” was an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, horror, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral. The series lasted for five seasons, running from 1959 to 1964.