Elisha “EJ” Williams has been cast in the reboot pilot of ABC’s “The Wonder Years,” the network said Monday.
Williams, the son of basketball legend Harold “Lefty” Williams, will play Dan, described as “a curious and hopeful 12-year-old” who “comes of age in a tumultuous time.” goes” and “he tries. to imagine himself 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.
A character description shared by the network states, “While he is a little insecure, a little awkward, and a little self-aware, he is determined to leave his mark on the world around him. ”
“The Wonderful Years,” which aired for six seasons from 1988 to 1993, starred Fred Savage as middle-class pretentious Kevin Arnold. The show is narrated from Kevin’s adult perspective through a voice-over, provided by Daniel Stern. Like the reboot, it was set in the late 1960s. Although, at the time of its launch, that period was only 20 years in the rearview mirror.
In a video distributed by ABC, Savage, executive producer and director of the pilot, and executive producer Saladin K. Patterson welcomed Williams to the project.
“It’s a little bit like passing the torch, right, you know? From one generation of ‘Wonder Years’ to the next,” Patterson told Williams in the video.
Williams is from Dunn, North Carolina. His other credits include Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger and Danger Force” and Disney Junior’s “Puppy Dog Pals.”
“The Wonderful Years” is the latest family title from the past to return with a new twist.