Over the holiday weekend, we heard the next development for Donald Glover’s upcoming FX show, Atlanta, which now has a cast and is all the more ready for production and airing.
Glover himself will play Earnest “Earn” Marks. Earn is described as an artistic loner who left Atlanta to further his dreams of success, only to return beneath the dark cloud of supposed failure which informs his troubled relationship with Van — with whom he shares a daughter. Van is played by Zazie Beetz (Applesauce).
Earn’s cousin Alfred Miles, Atlanta’s most bankable and on-the-rise hip-hop star, is portrayed by Brian Tyree Henry — who you might recognize from HBO‘s Vice Principals or The Good Wife. Sensing an opportunity, Earn attempts to offer his services as Alfred’s manager — again seeking a path out of Atlanta. Alfred’s creative partner, Darius, will be played Lakeith Lee Stanfield (Dope, Selma).
The plot details that come with these characters sound pretty fascinating, in fact. I’m lookin’ forward to seeing it, hopefully by the end of this year as Atlanta begins filming later this month. Glover will also executive produce.