The Wonder Years has cast its first character!
The new version of The Wonder Years will focus on how a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late 1960s made sure it was “the wonder years” for them, too.
The 43-year-old actress will be playing Lillian Williams. “Sharp as a tack, Lillian is confident, kind, perceptive and has a good sense of humor. She knows exactly the right thing to say to convince you of anything. As a mother, wife and full-time accountant, she’s organized, efficient and hard-working, but she always puts family first.”
Back in January, it was announced that ABC had ordered a pilot for the reboot, which will be produced by Lee Daniels. Fred Savage, who rose to fame starring in the original, will also serve as an executive producer and will be directing the pilot.
Saycon earned a Tony nomination and won a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award for her performance in Danai Gurira’s Broadway show Eclipsed. She currently appears in the OWN series Delilah and has had roles on Scandal, In the Dark, and Ten Days in the Valley. Saycon will appear alongside Jennifer Hudson in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.