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Trailer: Jordan Peele's New Dystopian Series 'Weird City' Is Inspired By 'Black Mirror'

The sci-fi comedy anthology is set in the future, and will address contemporary social issues.

One half of comedy duo Key & Peele, who made a name for himself in Hollywood with his movie Get Out, has yet another project up his sleeve. On the small screen alone, Jordan Peele is now working on the revival of The Twilight Zone, the adaptation of the novel Lovecraft Country for HBO, and The Hunt with JJ Abrams, a series about Nazi hunters. But what we're talking about today is the upcoming launch of his latest baby: Weird City.

In the style of Black Mirror (although Weird City is more of a comedy), the sci-fi anthology will focus on the issues we all face today: social media addiction, online dating, fitness obsession, and many more. The materialist concerns of a society heading rapidly downhill, in short. Each episode will address a different issue. 

The starting point for the series is a town called Weird, which is separated into two parts. The richest live "Above the line", while the poorest live "Below the line". The middle class have completely disappeared. Although the trailer doesn't give much away about the plot, it does reveal a strange and vibrant futuristic universe, as well as a bevy of stars who'll be familiar to series lovers. 

To name just a few, the cast of the series includes: Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Michael Cera (Arrested Development), Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), and Levar Burton (Star Trek).

Weird City was written and co-created by Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders, former writer of the Key & Peele sketches. It will be launched on YouTube Premium on February 13. 

 

Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Delphine Rivet, published on 11/01/2019