Twilight Zone: Kumail Nanjiani to Star in Episode of Reboot

The Big Sick and Silicon Valley star, Kumail Nanjiani, will be starring in an episode of CBS All Access's The Twilight Zone reboot

Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access continues to gain fun comedic star power.

Deadline reports that Silicon Valley star and prolific comedian Kumail Nanjiani will be headlining an episode of the upcoming anthology series. 

There is no word yet on what the episode Nanjiani is appearing in will be about or what character he’ll be playing. It was previously announced that Adam Scott would be taking over William Shatner’s iconic role from “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” so it’s possible that Nanjiani’s episode will be another direct remake. Perhaps Kumail’s character can be a touch near-sighted? The episode will be written by Alex Reubens (The Last OGKey & Peele).

CBS All Access’s Twilight Zone reboot was announced last year. Jordan Peele (comedic actor turned writer-director of Get Out) will be shepherding the project and fulfilling the crucial role of narrator as originally embodied by Rod Serling. Each subsequent casting announcement comes with a certain level of surreality that “oh man…this is really happening.” Nanjiani is the third actor announced for the project after Scott and Sanaa Lathan. 

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Nanjiani is best known for his role as computer programmer Dinesh Chugtai on HBO’s hilarious series Silicon Valley. He and his wife Emily Gordon were nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of their film, The Big Sick, earlier this year. The Big Sick told the real-life story of how Nanjiani and Gordon met. It was quite a bit different from the traditional meet-cutes we’re accustomed to. 

Nanjiani is also notable for being an enormous X-Files fan, hosting a podcast about the classic sci-fi series and even getting to guest star in the show’s tenth season. While The Twilight Zone originally aired from 1959 through 1964, there were revivals in the late ’80s and early ‘2000s so it’s possible that Nanjiani just has a running list of classic sci-fi series from his adolescence that he’s aiming to appear in. We support him in this ongoing endeavor. 

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad