Emmy award-winning writer and producer Lena Waithe, last week, signed a massive deal with Amazon Studios. The Amazon Studios deal will see her create and executive produce original content for the production house over the course of the next two years. One of those projects that she’ll be working on is the upcoming horror series, Them.
Reportedly, British-Nigerian actress, Deborah Ayorinde, has been cast in the lead role for the series and playing alongside her will be Netflix’s Top Boy, Ashley Thomas.
Ayorinde is best known for starring alongside Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall in the 2017 box-office hit, Girls’ Trip. Deborah Ayorinde was also a member of the cast on the third season of HBO’s True Detective series, she acted alongside Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in the series. Additionally, in the year 2016, Ayorinde also featured in Marvel’s Luke Cage. The talented actress is also set to star in the biopic of Harriet Tubman alongside Cynthia Erivo.
Them is a horror series that follows the story of a Black family that moves from North Carolina to an all-White neighborhood in Los Angeles. There, the family is met with supernatural forces that want to destroy it. Waithe describes it saying, “The first season will speak to how frightening it was to be Black in 1953,” and adds that “This anthology series will examine the cultural divides among all of us and explore us vs them in a way we’ve never seen before.”