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We’ve been hearing whispers about a new TV show starring Donald Glover (rap alias: Childish Gambino) for quite some time, but now that we have a new trailer and an actual premiere date for Atlanta, the excitement is officially real.
Though this isn’t the first promo released by FX, the newest one, titled “Wake Up,” is the longest promo yet.
Atlanta isn’t the rapper’s first foray into the acting and writing world. Glover went from starring in an Internet comedy sketch, to meeting Tina Fey and becoming a writer for 30 Rock, to joining that cast of Community.
If you love yourself some Childish Gambino, keep reading, because we’ve got your guide on everything you need to know about his new show, which is set to air on the FX network on September 6.
Atlanta is a 10-part, half-hour, rap-fuelled dark comedy written by, produced by and starring Glover. While Glover and his co-stars use vague phrases such as, “It’s about truth, it’s about life” and “Twin Peaks with rappers” to describe it, Deadline‘s synopsis gives us a bit more to go off of. Atlanta follows the lives of two cousins trying to make a profit in Atlanta’s music scene.
Donald Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks. Earn is a loner from Atlanta who’s interested in the rap scene and determined to make a dollar.
Brian Tyree Henry plays Alfred Miles. Henry, best known for his work in Puerto Ricans in Paris and Last of the Ninth, plays Marks’ cousin Alfred, who’s a hot up-and-coming rapper who wants to capitalize on his fame as quickly as possible.
LaKeith Lee Stanfield plays Darius. You might have seen Stanfield make an appearance in Dope or Selma. Darius is Miles’ musical collaborator and right-hand man.
Zazie Beetz plays Van. Beetz is a fairly new face to the acting game, but in this series, she plays Marks’ on-again-off-again love interest, with whom he has a daughter with.
Your first and only reason should be, “Because Donald Glover.” If that doesn’t do it for you, Glover describes the new series as, “Something [he] would want to see” because it’s heavily influenced by the Internet. Instead of working in a traditional writers’ room, Glover and the other writers of the show scour the Internet at his house with the aim of creating something that’s a testament to today’s era.
“Television shows are like novels, you just got to invest in them,” Glover said during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “The tone of this, it’s going to take people time to figure out what’s going on, which I think is a good thing.”