Grand Army’s Brittany Adebumola, The Chi’s Jaye Ladymore, and Colin in Black & White’s Amarr Wooten have joined the cast of The CW’s upcoming 4400 series.
Adebumola will play Shanice, a driven lawyer, wife and new mother from the year 2005 who is suddenly transported to 2021 only to find that her daughter is now a teenager. She will be a fierce advocate for all those like her who are trying to figure out what happened to them.
Ladymore will portray Claudette, a preacher’s wife from the 1950s who was active in the early Civil Rights Movement. She is surprisingly quick to adapt to 2021 and realizes that she may be a totally different person in this new time — in surprising and consequential ways.
Wooten is Hayden, who arrives in 2021 from the 1930s where he was kept in an institution. Perhaps due to an unpleasant past, he doesn’t appear to speak but is compassionate and seems to have insight and knowledge into things he couldn’t possibly know.
4400 is based on the series with the same name that was produced by CBS Paramount Network and debuted back in 2004. In the original series, a ball of light deposits a group of 4400 people from the past to the present day. Confused and disoriented, they have no memories of what transpired prior to their return.
In the reboot, 4400 overlooked, undervalued, or otherwise marginalized people who vanished without a trace over the last hundred years are all returned in an instant, having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them.
As the government races to analyze the potential threat and contain the story, the 4400 themselves must grapple with the fact that they’ve been returned with a few upgrades and the increasing likelihood that they were all brought back now for a specific reason.
The ‘The 4400’ reboot series has been in development since 2018, though it only recently got a series order. Ariana Jackson will write and executive produce alongside Anna Fricke and Laura Terry. Erica Watson will direct and co-executive produce the pilot. Production is gearing up with plans to film in Chicago, in June.