With the multitalented Donald Glover having recently announced his next album as his hip-hop alter ego Childish Gambino, PHAROS, as well as finally (sort of) getting the big screen role fans have been clamouring for in the forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, the former Community star has also got a trailer out for his latest television project, Atlanta.
The series is set to follow Glover as Earn Marks, a young manager trying to make it in the Atlanta music scene trying to break his emerging rapper cousin (played by Brian Tyree Henry) big. Having grown up in Stone Mountain, a suburb of Atlanta, himself and successfully forging a rap career, there are few better people than Glover to helm and star in this project.
Today’s trailer is the latest in a series of rather cryptic ones from FX with no actual dialogue or footage from the series shown. The previous trailers had all used Tame Impala’s New Person, Same Old Mistakes, but this one, appropriately set to Wake by Flume, is a montage of Glover waking up repeatedly in various states. We’re unsure what this or any of the other previous teasers really mean but assume all will soon be revealed as Atlanta gears up for its first episode airing in September.
No word yet on whether any new Childish Gambino music is to be featured as part of the show’s soundtrack (we sure wouldn’t mind one bit). Either way, it looks like Glover’s acting career is only just taking off. His stand-up is near side-splitting, he routinely stole the show as part of the aforementioned Community and had well-received supporting roles in The Martian and Magic Mike XXL.
Atlanta will be a rare turn in a starring role for Donald Glover and it will be interesting to see whether he can continue this good form with the spotlight pointed squarely at him. Given that he’s made the most of every opportunity presented to him, we think that this chance to be in charge of getting his own television project off the ground as a producer and an actor, he won’t disappoint.
Atlanta premieres on FX September 6th.