'Wonder Years' Reboot Trailer Serves Up Playful 1960s Nostalgia

Written by on May 18, 2021

Elisha “E.J.” Williams is up at bat in early footage of the extremely anticipated “Surprise Years” reboot, introduced final 12 months.  

ABC on Tuesday launched the primary teaser for the collection, displaying Williams in character as 12-year-old Dean Williams, who comes of age in Montgomery, Alabama, within the late 1960s. Actor Don Cheadle portrays the grownup Dean in voiceover. 

“It’s the little issues that you simply keep in mind all of your life ― your first hit, your first kiss, the primary time your dad lets you recognize he sees you,” the character proclaims within the clip. “Nicely, I nonetheless hadn’t had the opposite two, however boy, did that third one really feel good!” 

The teaser arrives about two months after ABC introduced that Williams, whose credit embody Nickelodeon’s “Henry Hazard,” had been solid as Dean, a task much like Fred Savage’s Kevin Arnold within the 1988 unique. Savage, who directed the reboot’s pilot and is an government producer, broke the information of the position to his successor in a brief video that later made the rounds on social media. 

The reboot of "The Wonder Years" follows a Black family in 1960s Alabama. 

The reboot of “The Surprise Years” follows a Black household in 1960s Alabama. 

ABC unveiled plans to reboot “Surprise Years,” which initially aired from 1988 to 1993, final summer time. This time the collection will discover “how a Black middle-class household … made certain it was ‘The Surprise Years’ for them, too,” in accordance with press notes.

The present’s Alabama setting appears to be like poised to offer ample materials for drama given the state’s ties to main occasions of the civil rights motion. 

Along with Williams and Cheadle, the collection stars Dulé Hill and Saycon Sengbloh as Dean’s dad and mom, Invoice and Lillian, and Laura Kariuki as his sister, Kim. “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels joined Savage as an government producer on the venture. A launch date has not but been introduced.

Catch the teaser for the “Surprise Years” reboot beneath. 

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