'The Twilight Zone': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about Jordan Peele's reboot of Rod Serling's masterpiece
Knowing Peele's affinity for twisted horror, a lot of speculation has spurred about the reboot being much more terrifying than the original
The wholesome bulk of popular TV shows coming back in the form of reboots has been massive this year. From 'Roseanne' to 'Veronica Mars' - everything is being revived either in the form of a show or in the form of a film, and joining the league is now the highly acclaimed Rod Serling classic from the 1950s, 'The Twilight Zone.' Jordan Peele will be the reboot's host and producer.
After getting greenlit back in 2017, the show is finally arriving this year on CBS All Access, the first confirmation of which was provided last year by the horror/comedy auteur himself. And we all know there couldn't have been a better fit than Peele as the show's director, and host, considering he's the same man who gave us that memorable experience in the form of the Academy Award-nominated film, 'Get Out.'
Not only did Peele's Oscar-winning debut tread along the lines of surrealism, it had some pretty heavy potential, noticed before in shows like 'The X-Files' and 'Black Mirror.' In short, Peele just knows what the prospects of surrealism are in modern day TV, and that's what leaves fans of the original 'The Twilight Zone' hanging on with excitement.
Peele's reboot of Serling's masterpiece is slated to premiere Monday, April 1.
While the official plot summary describes the upcoming reboot simply as "an updated version of the classic TV series featuring various tales of science fiction, horror, and mystery," knowing Peele's affinity for twisted horror, a lot of speculation has spurred about the reboot being much more terrifying than the original.
Sure enough, despite being an anthology split into short stories, the entire aura of Peele's version is inherently creepier, and much more eerie than Serling's original. There are some direct references to elements of horror from the original and several others that are purely Peele's creation. In that, as the trailer claims, fans will definitely get to "witness the remaining of the most iconic series ever."
Being an anthology series, there are a lot of roles to fill. Creeping the hell out of us are some iconic names in the world of comedy, like Adam Scott, Seth Rogen, Tracy Morgan, and Kumail Nanjiani. Surprising, right?
Well, trust Peele to infuse some typically poster-faces for the genre in the show too, as there will also be Taissa Farmiga, and several others, like Sanaa Lathan, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Steven Yeun, Greg Kinnear, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise, Lucinda Dryzek, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Ike Barinholtz, Rhea Seehorn, Luke Kirby, and Percy Hynes-White. Peele himself will appear as the narrator in all the episodes of the 10-part series.
Peele won the Best Original Screenplay for what happens to be one of the most surreal movies of our generation. Just imagine what he could do with a show like 'The Twilight Zone.' It's a known fact that no matter what Peele does, it always has this subtle undertone of comedy. So, this aspect of Peele's technical parlance applied to the way stories were told on 'The Twilight Zone,' will be interesting.
The writing credits for the show has been duly given to Serling, the original creator, and writer-producer Simon Kinberg, is also hopping on board for the reboot. Joining him will be Alex Rubens, who is known for some of his brilliant work in 'Rick and Morty,' and 'Community.'
The latest news revolving the upcoming reboot happens to be about Zazie Beetz and Betty Gabriel joining the cast of the multi-starrer anthology. Even though most information circulating the episodes is being kept under tight wraps, we know these two are onboard to star in one of the early episodes, but sadly that's all.
For those who might find them familiar, we know Beetz from her roles in 'Atlanta,' and more recently as Domino in 'Deadpool 2.' Gabriel, on the other hand, was seen in Peele's 'Get Out' as the housekeeper hypnotized by the racist white people.
The first teaser of the reboot arrived back in September 2018, from Peele himself, when he announced via a tweet that it is finally happening. That was a 25-second clip, warning viewers that they are traveling to another dimension of not only sight but mind too. That wasn't much information, but it was the black and white visuals of cryptic, spiraling shots that had caught our attention. Fast forward to this year's Super Bowl, and Peele premiered the first trailer of the reboot.
Not only can we see flashes of pretty much every cast member mentioned in the list, but there are also salient references and throwbacks to some of the classic elements of the original series. For example, Scott appears in what seems to be a throwback to one of the episodes titled 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet', while the devil fortune teller from 'Nick of Time' makes an appearance too.
There's a shot of a little boy paddling along his bike through what looks like an empty hallway, ominous looking dolls washing up ashore, and dogs going missing in alternate realities.
Where to watch:
The first two episodes of 'The Twilight Zone' premieres on CBS All Access April 1.
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