Don Cheadle is set to play an important part in the new “Wonder Years” reboot.
The “Black Monday” star will narrate the series while starring as the adult Dean Williams.
In the original ’80s series, Daniel Stern narrated as adult Kevin.
It was previously announced that young actor Elisha “EJ” Williams has been cast as the lead in the upcoming show.
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In the new take on the classic series, Williams will play 12-year-old Dean, who is coming of age in Montgomery, Ala. in the 1960s, overcoming his awkwardness out of a determination to change the world.
Williams got the big news that he’d been cast in the show during a surprise Zoom call with original series star Fred Savage.
“I would be enjoying this a whole lot more if you did not just lag,” the young actor told Savage.
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Writer and executive producer Saladin K. Patterson also joined in on the call, telling Williams, “It’s kind of like a passing of the torch from one generation of ‘Wonder Years’ to another.”
Produced by Lee Daniels, the series is also set to star Saycon Sengbloh as Dean’s mother Lillian.
Williams previously guest-starred on “Henry Danger” and voiced one of the lead characters on the series “Puppy Dog Pals”.
In addition, “The West Wing”/”Psych” alum Dulé Hill has also been cast in the role of Dean’s father.
According to Deadline, Hill’s character is “a music professor by day and a funk musician by night — described by Adult Dean as ‘The baddest guy I knew.’ Almost always calm and composed, his favourite words are ‘be cool.’ Bill wants his family and their Black, middle class neighbourhood to remain self-sufficient and he puts his money where his mouth is.”