Childish Gambino: ‘Community’ Movie Announced Without The Rapper — For Now
The rapper turned actor said he was interested in a 'Community' movie as recently as 2020.
Childish Gambino‘s first major platform as an actor, the cult classic sitcom Community, has been picked up as a movie. But as of now, he may not be involved in the new project.
Since it was first uttered in season 2 of the show, which originally aired on NBC, the line “six seasons and a movie” became a running joke often incorporated into the series’ dialogue; and something fans hoped would become a reality.
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On Friday (September 30), Peacock and Sony Pictures TV confirmed that a Community movie had officially gotten the greenlight, without announcing when it will arrive on NBC’s sister streaming platform.
According to Variety, the announcement confirmed the show’s creator Dan Harmon as executive producer; as well as the return of the majority of the cast, led by Joel McHale as Jeff Winger. However, notably absent from the cast are Chevy Chase, whose character was killed off in season 5; and Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown, neither of whom returned for the show’s sixth and final season.
Reporting on the announcement, Deadline speculated that Brown and Glover may not return for the film. However, Childish Gambino returned to the role of Troy Barnes as recently as 2020, when the cast of Community came together for a virtual table read as part of a COVID-19 relief initiative benefiting Frontline Foods and José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen.
At the time, he and his former cast mates all said that they would be open to the idea of doing a movie. The Atlanta creator also spoke fondly of Community during the virtual gathering.
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“Watching it now, I’m like, ‘Oh, this show’s really punk,’” he said. “Really subversive and l