British-Nigerian actress Deborah Ayorinde is set to star in the upcoming anthology horror series Them: Covenant, the latest offering from Amazon Studios and helmed by Emmy-winning actor, producer and writer Lena Waithe. This is the first fruit of Waithe’s recent announcement about a new deal to create original content for Amazon Studios, and according to Deadline, Ayorinde has been cast in a lead role alongside Ashley Thomas from the Netflix series Top Boy.
Ayorinde is best known for her role in Girls’ Trip, the 2017 box-office hit which starred Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish andRegina Hall. The actress also joined the cast of HBO’s True Detective series in its third season and acted alongside Oscar winner Mahershala Alilast year. Furthermore, Ayorinde featured in Marvel’s Luke Cage back in 2016, and she is set to star in the upcoming Harriet Tubman alongside Cynthia Erivo.
Them 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.”
Ayorinde’s portfolio looks impressive and we can’t wait to see her in the series. No release date has been announced yet.