Elisha “EJ” Williams has been included in the reboot pilot of ABC’s “The Wonder Years,” the network said Monday.
Williams, son of basketball legend Harold “Lefty” Williams, will play a character named Dean, who is described as “a curious and hopeful 12-year-old” who “reaches the age of majority in a turbulent time” and ” he tries to imagine out of place within his black family and the world at large. ”
The pilot, a term used in the entertainment industry to describe the first episode of a potential series, is set in 1968 and takes place in Montgomery, Alabama.
“While he’s a little insecure, a little awkward, and a little self-aware, he’s determined to leave his mark on the world around him,” said a description of the character shared by the network.
“The Wonderful Years,” which aired for six seasons from 1988 to 1993, starred Fred Savage as middle-class preteen Kevin Arnold. The show was told from Kevin’s adult perspective through the voice-over, provided by Daniel Stern. Like the reboot, it was set up in the late 1960s. Although, at the time of its issuance, this time period was only 20 years in the rearview mirror.
In a video distributed by ABC, Savage, who is executive producer and director of the pilot, and executive producer Saladin K. Patterson welcomed Williams to the project.
“It’s a bit like passing the torch, right, you know? From one generation of ‘Wonder Years’ to another,” Patterson tells Williams in the video.
Williams is from Dunn, North Carolina. His other credits include Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger and Danger Force” and Disney Jr.’s “Puppy Dog Pals.”
“The Wonderful Years” is the latest family title from the past that wants to return with a new twist.
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