Chris O’Dowd heading to star-studded Twilight Zone reboot
There’s only a few weeks left until the the premiere of the highly-anticipated premiere of Jordan Peele’s revival of the acclaimed sci-fi anthology The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access and yet the cast continues to expand as Bridesmaids‘ Chris O’Dowd has signed on to star in an episode of the series, according to Deadline.
Though no character details have been revealed yet, O’Dowd will star in the episode entitled “The Blue Scorpion” alongside Transparent actress Amy Landecker.
The 39-year-old actor, known for his roles in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids and EPIX’s TV adaptation of Get Shorty, joins an ensemble cast that also includes Peele (Get Out) as the host, Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Betty Gabriel (Get Out) 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.