According to ScreenRant.com, Riz Ahmed and Jacob Tremblay have been offered roles in “The Twilight Zones” revival by executive producer and host Jordan Peele. The show is set to appear on CBS All Access and has already begun production, with plans to have the 10-episode season premiere sometime in the midst of the already stack schedule of 2019. The show has hired some recurring faces for the show, such as Adam Scott, and now look to have set their eyes on two more cast members.
Rod Serling’s original run of the show was one of the most prominently deft performances by a creator, crafting challenging and enduring subject matter throughout the entirety of its six years from 1959 to 1964. The anthology series originally ran on CBS, and would eventually spawn a host of related/unrelated projects including two feature-films and two-television revivals, the first appearing the ‘80s, the second in the early 2000s. With production underway and CBS eagerly seeking out more big names to add to the roster, the chances of capturing that enigmatic, curiosity-painted spark has begun far more likely.
Jacob Tremblay (Wonder & The Predator) and Riz Ahmed (The Night of & Venom) have been offered the prestigious roles. If they were to accept, Ahmed would appear in episode 3, currently titled “Kid President,” and Tremblay would depict the lead character with Ahmed as his campaign manager. Tremblay broke out in his superb performance alongside Bria Larson Lenny Abrahamson’s 2015 hit “Room.” The young actor has accumulated a lot of praise in his short stint as an actor and would most likely shine once again here. Ahmed was plucked out of indie-fandom and dropped into mainstream outfitting, breaking out with his role alongside a near-perfect performance from Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler.”
Both of these actors have proven to be better than most, but their stifles and on-going schedules will most likely place a hindrance on their chances of appearing in the show. With the success of anthology series like “Black Mirror” and another one like “American Horror Story,” the chances of “The Twilight Zone” reigniting the flame it cast from the start aren’t precisely slim to none. With Peele producing and the show possibly enrapturing that sci-fi, socio-political vibe of modern-day cultural topics, there is a lot that would have to go wrong for this social commentative remake of TV’s past for it to be a failure. Much of the show remains shrouded in mystery, as is fitting for such a show, but the possibilities and excitement seem endless for a show that might quite possibly be a fantastic revisioning of what was once a masterwork of television.