Donald Glover's New Series Is Like Twin Peaks For Rappers
It’s nice to talk about a new Donald for once. Instead of heinous Trump news, we’re pleased to inform you that triple threat Donald Glover (an actor/musician/comedian) is back with a new series, Atlanta. Glover both stars in the show and produced it–it’s his baby. He’ll be playing Earnest “Earn” Marks, a college dropout who moves back home to Atlanta. Earn is still working on becoming a rapper, which gets a little awkward when his cousin makes it big pursuing the same dream. “I just always wanted to make Twin Peaks with rappers,” said Glover, who raps under the moniker Childish Gambino.
The show also co-stars Keith Stanfield, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Brian Tyree Henry, and Zazie Beetz. “There is a lack of place for people of color to just kind of be people,” said Beetz. “Friends isn’t about white people being friends, it’s about friends. I think that’s what makes me feel like [this show is] something really different.” It’s certainly a perspective that’s necessary on television. We’re excited.
Glover took a noticeable turn towards a more serious career after leaving the show Community, where he played a goofball jock. Leaving the NBC show was a bit of a shock to people, especially after leaking a series of worrisome notes on a Marriott Hotel notepad. “I didn’t leave Community to rap. I don’t wanna rap. I wanted to be on my own,” wrote Glover. “Kept looking for something to be in with. Follow someone’s blueprint. But you have to be on your own.”
Since then, Glover has done just that. He’s starred in more intense roles, including in feature films like The Martian and Magic Mike XXL (if you don’t think his role in Magic Mike XXL is serious, you better re-watch that gem. He was fierce).
Hiro Murai, Atlanta‘s director, has worked with Glover before on several projects, including music videos for his songs “Sober,” “3005,” and “Telegraph Ave.” Murai also directed Chet Faker’s music video for his song “Gold,” featuring the most badass choreography involving roller skates. Atlanta will premiere on FX this summer.
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