Early footage from the highly anticipated “Wonder Years” reboot, announced last year, features Elisha “E.J.” Williams at bat.
The first teaser for the series, released by ABC
on Tuesday, features Williams in character as 12-year-old Dean Williams, who comes of age in Montgomery, Alabama, in the late 1960s, with voiceover by actor Don Cheadle
“It’s the little things that you remember your whole life: your first hit, your first kiss, the first time your dad lets you know he sees you,” the character says in the video. “Well, I still hadn’t had the other two, but boy, did that third one feel good!”
The teaser comes about two months after ABC announced that Williams, whose credits include Nickelodeon's "Henry Danger," had been cast as Dean, a role similar to Fred Savage
's Kevin Arnold in the 1988 original. Savage, who directed the reboot's pilot and is an executive producer, revealed the role to his successor in a short video that later went viral
on social media
Last summer, ABC announced plans to reboot “Wonder Years,” which originally aired from 1988 to 1993, and will focus on “how a Black middle-class family... made sure it was ‘The Wonder Years
’ for them, too,” according to press notes.
Given the state's ties to major events in the civil rights
movement, the show's Alabama setting appears poised to provide ample material for drama.
In addition to Williams and Cheadle, the series stars Dulé Hill and Saycon Sengbloh as Dean's parents, Bill and Lillian, and Laura Kariuki as his sister, Kim. "Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels has joined Savage as an executive producer on the project.
The “Wonder Years” reboot teaser can be found below.