Zazie Beetz & Betty Gabriel join The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access
Emmy nominee Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) and Betty Gabriel (Get Out) are the latest stars to join the ever-expanding ensemble cast of Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone reboot for CBS All Access, TheWrap has confirmed.
Beetz is best-known for playing Van in Donald Glover’s award-hitting comedy-drama series Atlanta, as well as for portraying Domino in Deadpool 2. Her recent and upcoming projects include High Flying Bird, Against All Enemies, The Undiscovered Country, Joker, Meet Me in a Happy Place, Lucy In the Sky, and the series Invincible.
Gabriel is reuniting with Peele after starring in his horror hit Get Out. Her credits also include The Purge: Election Year, Counterpart, Westworld, Upgrade, and Unfriended: Dark Web. Coming up, Gabriel will star in Adopt a Highway, The Spine of Night, and Human Capital.
Though the details of Beetz and Gabriel’s characters are currently being kept under wraps, the duo joins an ensemble cast that also includes Peele (Get Out) as the host, Seth Rogen (Invincible) Greg Kinnear (Brigsby Bear), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), John Cho (Searching), Ike Barinholtz (Blockers), Taissa Farmiga (The Nun), Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), Luke Kirby (Glass), Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy), Adam Scott (Ghosted), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), Alison Tolman (Fargo), Jacob Tremblay (The Predator), Jessica Williams (The Incredible Jessica James), DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).
The new Twilight Zone series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele, Kinberg, and Marco Ramirez will serve as executive producers for the series and collaborate on the premiere episode. Win Rosenfeld and Audrey Chon will also serve as executive producers.
The original The Twilight Zone took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. Created by Rod Serling, it was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS, from 1959-1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional drama could not. In 1983 Steven Spielberg produced a big budget anthology film version, Twilight Zone: The Movie, directed by Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante, and George Miller. The show was revived by CBS in the 1980s and ran for three seasons, helmed by the likes of William Friedkin, Atom Egoyan, and Wes Craven. It was revived again on UPN and hosted by Forest Whitaker in 2002 for one season.
You can check out The Twilight Zone when it premieres on CBS All Access on April 1.
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