Jordan Peele won’t just executive produce CBS All Access’ upcoming “Twilight Zone” revival, he’ll step into the role Rod Serling made famous on the original series.
CBS announced Thursday that the Academy Award winner will serve as host and narrator for his upcoming reboot of the black-and-white science fiction anthology, which will begin production in the fall and debut in 2019.
And you can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like in the announcement video above, which cuts his voice and Serling’s together to make the iconic intro.
“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours,” said Peele. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of ‘The Twilight Zone.'”
The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.
Serling created the original series, which ran for 80 episodes from 1959 to 1964, and used socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. There have been two prior revivals of the classic series. The first reboot aired for 110 episodes on CBS in 1985, and a second version, with Forest Whitaker in Serling’s role, ran for 43 episodes on UPN in the early 2000s.