Seth Rogen signs on for CBS All Access’ The Twilight Zone
Deadline has brought word that Neighbors and This is the End star Seth Rogen has signed on to star in an episode of the upcoming CBS All Access revival of the classic anthology series The Twilight Zone. Rogen will next be seen opposite Charlize Theron in the romantic comedy Long Shot, and will voice Pumbaa in Jon Favreau’s new photorealistic version of The Lion King.
Though the details of Rogen’s character and episode are currently being kept under wraps, he joins an ensemble cast that also includes Peele (Get Out) as the host, 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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