A British-Nigerian actor has landed the lead role in Amazon horror anthology series Them, from Emmy-winning producer Lena Waithe.
In the first season of Them, Deborah Ayorinde will play Lucky Emory, who moves from North Carolina with her husband and family to an all-white neighbourhood in LA, where they come into contact with malevolent forces.
The show is part of Waithe’s recently signed overall deal with Amazon Studios to create original content. Describing Them, she said: “The first season will speak to how frightening it was to be black in 1953. It will also remind us that being black in 2018 is just as horrifying.
“This anthology series will examine the cultural divides among all of us and explore us versus them in a way we’ve never seen before.”
Ayorinde is known for her roles in films and series such as Girls Trip, Luke Cage and True Detective. She also features in forthcoming biopic Harriet, which is based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
The release date for Them has yet to be announced.
British-Nigerian actor Deborah Ayorinde has joined that cast of the new season of HBO drama True Detective.
After a two-year hiatus, True Detective will return next year for its third season on the US cablenet. As well a sAyorinde, the crime anthology series feature Oscar-winning Moonlight star Mahershala Ali, plus Ray Fisher, Carmen Ejoho and Sarah Gadon.
The new season will focus on a crime that takes place in the Ozarks in the US, with a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Ayorinde will play Becca Hayes, daughter of lead character Wayne Hayes (Ali).
Her role in True Detective comes after her part in last year’s hit US movie Girl’s Trip. Ayorinde has also featured in a number of TV series, including Sleepy Hollow, Necessary Roughness, Luke Cage and Game of Silence.
The third season will again be written and produced by creator Nic Pizzolatto.