Riding high off the Netflix movie, “Nappily Ever After,” actress Sanaa Lathan will flex her acting chops in the reboot of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone on CBS.
So excited to be a part of this classic reboot by the brilliant @jordanpeele. Can’t wait for y’all to see this one. #TwlightZone ???
A post shared by Sanaa Lathan (@sanaalathan) on Oct 11, 2018 at 5:44pm PDT
The actress who also recently appeared in season four of Showtime’s The Affair, will star in an episode of the sci-fi show titled “Rewind.” Episodes are scheduled to air in 2019.
On Thursday she shared a short animation to her Instagram page, with the caption, “So excited to be a part of this classic reboot by the brilliant @jordanpeele. Can’t wait for y’all to see this one.”
Lathan is the first person to be cast in a role for the series re-imagining. The show is based on the original series created by Rod Sterling which ran from 1959 to 1964. The series went on to become a science fiction cult classic.
Peele stirred up anticipation when he released a short trailer for the series in September. He will serve as an executive producer and lends his voice as narrator.
Earlier in the year, he spoke to Variety about his hesitation to move forward with the revival.
“I was terrified,” Peele said. “Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip Twilight Zone off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call.”
“The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission,” Peele continued. “If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow ‘Twilight Zone’ fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now. Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society.”
Evidently, the Get Out director and Oscar-winner changed his mind.