The 4400 series reboot at The CW has cast Joseph David-Jones and Khailah Johnson in roles.
David-Jones will play Rev Johnson, who was raised in a powerful and affluent church family and disappeared in the 1990s. While he is a man of true faith and compassion, he is accustomed to the power and clout afforded his position. He will emerge as a natural leader among the 4400.
Johnson will play LaDonna, a high-maintenance Miami party girl who disappeared on her 21st birthday. While she at first comes across as spoiled and vapid, she will end up tapping into her own potential in ways she never expected.
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 in the Cascade Range foothills near Mount Rainier, Washington in the United States. Each of the 4400 had disappeared in a beam of white light in 1946 or after. None of them have aged from the time of their disappearance. 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.
While the original series and the upcoming reboot are similar in a lot of ways, the reboot deviates massively from its source material in one important way: In the reboot, the 4400 people that went missing and came back are people that are part of marginalized groups. The series focuses on the political maelstrom that would be caused if 4400 racially and culturally opressed people throughout history vanished and reappeared in the 21st century.
Additionally, the reboot centers around one of the 4400. The main protagonist learns what it is like to be a Black woman in the modern-day, as the show slowly has her meeting the wider world and the rest of the 4400.
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 Georgia.