ABC’s Wonder Years reboot has found its narrator.
Don Cheadle will play the adult version of the show’s lead character, Dean, in the pilot, which centers on a Black family in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1968.
Elisha “EJ” Williams plays the 12-year-old Dean in the pilot — he’s an inquisitive and hopeful kid coming of age in a turbulent time and trying to figure out his place both within his family and in the larger world. The adult version of Dean, as voiced by Cheadle, is a new grandfather looking back on his childhood.
The show’s cast also includes Dulé Hill and Saycon Sengbloh as Dean’s parents and Laura Kariuki as his older sister.
Daniel Stern narrated the original Wonder Years, which ran from 1988-93 and starred Fred Savage — who is directing the reboot and is one of its executive producers.
Saladin K. Patterson (The Big Bang Theory, The Bernie Mac Show) wrote the pilot and executive produces with Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment and Savage. Neal Marlens, who co-created the original series, is a consultant.
Cheadle currently stars in Showtime’s Black Monday. The Oscar and Emmy nominee plays James Rhodes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; other credits include House of Lies, the Ocean’s franchise and Devil in a Blue Dress. He is repped by UTA and Viewpoint.