When showrunner/executive producer Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access was announced, there was plenty of speculation that the multi-hyphenate would step into the on-camera role originated by original creator/host Rod Serling. Now we have our answer.
After proving to be a creative force behind the camera as well as in front of it with the critical and box office hit Get Out, which won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, Peele took on the Twilight Zone project as one of his many follow-ups — and has now accepted that his work on the show would need to echo Serling’s in all aspects to keep the new version as faithful as possible to the sci-fi hit.
Though Peele was tentative at first to take on the iconic suit and tie, he was eventually convinced to enter all sides of the production. As Peele confirmed via Twitter, he will be fulfilling Serling’s role as a narrator/host of the anthology series, introducing stories and the zone in which they exist.
Watch and listen as Peele’s voice blends into Serling’s:
“That’s the signpost up ahead. Your next stop? The Twilight Zone.” Chills. Peele’s calm, confident narration and suited strut will be the perfect elements for his supernatural Sherpa to guide fans old and new through the reboot.
The Twilight Zone will reappear in 2019.