Sanaa Lathan is about to enter “The Twilight Zone.”
CBS said on Thursday that the actress will star in an episode — “Rewind” — of Jordan Peele’s upcoming reboot of the classic science-fiction series for CBS All Access. Lathan is the first cast member, besides Peele, who has been confirmed so far.
As previously announced, Peele will not only executive produce, he’ll also serve as narrator, stepping into the role that Rod Serling made famous. You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here.
The new series, which begins production in the fall for a 2019 debut, 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.
Lathan most recently appeared on Showtime’s “The Affair” and produced and starred in the Netflix film, “Nappily Ever After.”