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.