Less than a month after YouTube gave a straight-to-series order for Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Charlie Sanders‘s (Key and Peele) half-hour comedic sci-fi anthology Weird City, we’re getting our first look at the cast. Sara Gilbert, Dylan O’Brien, Ed O’Neill, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Laverne Cox, and LeVar Burton are set to guest star on the six-episode series, set to debut on YouTube Premium in 2019.
Co-written by Peele and Sanders, Weird City has Adam Bernstein (Fargo, Scrubs, 30 Rock) set to direct the first two episodes; with Jose Molina (The Tick, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow) serving as showrunner.
“Writer/creator Charlie Sanders and I collaborated on some Key & Peele sketches that took on everything from the ‘Black Republicans’ to ‘Continental Breakfasts’ to ‘Family Matters’. Now, with YouTube we present a series of comedy driven twisted-ass science fiction stories that take place in a world close to ours but just a little bit off.” – Jordan Peele
Weird City is an anthology set in the not-too-distant future metropolis of Weird. Each episode is an exploration of issues that pertain to present-day life — stories that could only be told now through the prism of sci-fi and comedy.
“We are thrilled to be in business with Jordan, Charlie and Jose, who have brilliantly created a highly entertaining satire that will be a timely send up of modern society. We are excited to partner with Sonar Entertainment and all of the innovative storytellers behind ‘Weird City’ to push boundaries and redefine what a comedy series can be.” – Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube
Weird City is produced by Peele’s Monkey Paw Productions, Sonar Entertainment, Mosaic and Raskal Productions/ Peele, Sanders and Bernstein will serve as executive producers alongside Monkeypaw’s Win Rosenfeld; Sonar Entertainment’s Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni; Mosaic’s Sam Hansen and Jimmy Miller; and Raskal Productions’ Keith Raskin and Linda Morel.
“We’re excited to work with Jordan, Charlie and YouTube to share this unique and timely series with audiences. Jordan’s ability to capture the zeitgeist through genre-bending storytelling is unparalleled, and that certainly is the case with Weird City.”
– Tom Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment