When rapper, comedian and actor Donald Glover announced his departure from NBC hit sitcom Community, many of us wondered when he’d appear on the TV screen again (he’s obviously had a pretty good big screen run, appearing in movies The Lazarus Effect, Magic Mike XXL and The Martian).
Then came news that Glover would develop and star in a comedy for FX based on the music in Atlanta, with the series following “two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy.”
Following that was a well-placed teaser trailer that aired during the finale of The People v. O.J Simpson. The memorable short clip featured Lakeith Stanfield wondering why the FX series had ended with O.J’s acquittal, and Glover telling him that it’s based on a true story. “Is that why the cops are mad,” Stansfield asks. “I’d be mad as hell.”
Now, we’ve been given another promo for Atlanta which doesn’t really answer any questions, but it looks good. The 30 second teaser features footage being played backwards, with Mr. Gambino and two other characters walking into the frame. Tame Impala‘s “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” soundtracks the scene, with the forthcoming TV show’s title popping up before letting viewers know it’s coming some time in September.
Glover has described his TV series as “Twin Peaks with rappers,” so it’ll be interesting to see what he does with the 10 episodes FX has ordered. However, considering that the show is centered around Atlanta’s music scene we do have some questions which will hopefully be answered when the show debuts:
1. Will we see some guest appearances from Atlanta rappers such as Migos, I Love Makonnen, Father, Young Thug and the recently released Gucci Mane? Will we see Andre 3000 play a wise, sage-esque rapper that’s now retired?
2. We know that Glover plays a character named Earnest “Earn” Marks, but what’s his background? Why’s he in Atlanta?
3. Will any music used on the show be teasers for future Childish Gambino releases, or will it be its own thing?
Until September comes around, check out the trailer below.