I’m finding it hard to say much about Donald Glover’s latest masterpiece, the approximate 1-hour film co-starring Rihanna — Guava Island.
As you probably know by now this weekend, after a stellar headlining performance at Coachella, the mysterious, near-secret project Glover and Rihanna were evidently working on together last year in Cuba is now on Amazon Prime.
The thing is: it’s really better knowing the least about Guava Island as you can before watching it. I, for one, sort of messed up by catching a Reddit thread with the “unofficial soundtrack” and being unable to resist a bootleg-captured scene from the film with the two A-listers (and I’ll leave it at that.)
So alas: I won’t say anything other than it’s phenomenal, captivating, and repeating that Guava Island is a masterpiece. Props to Glover and his familiar cast of collaborators, director Hiro Murai, producer Ludwig Goransson, and choreographer Sherrie Silver.
For after viewing: read this Twitter thread that explores the connections between Guava Island and much of Glover’s other works. Definitely makes you think.
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.
h/t Complex & Deadline
You may know by now that Donald Glover keeps it close to the chest on Twitter. Basically because he’s deleted all his tweets.
But last night, he lifted his non-activity on the social media platform by hosting an all too brief, yet fascinating Q&A… which of course he then deleted.
Fortunately for the internet, screenshots exist. Here are some of the back and forths, including plans to work with Migos… who responded back today.
I guess Childish Gambino is like a period of my art time, and I want to have periods in my life, so I feel like Childish Gambino is a period that should come to a close. I like endings.
Now, this doesn’t mean that ending is anytime soon… nor does it mean Glover is going to stop rapping… just maybe stop rapping as “Childish Gambino.” Plus, he delivers it all kinda casually. Whatever the case, it got my attention too and as a fan, I obviously hope for more art and music from the talented Glover. And for the record I love the name Childish Gambino but if it doesn’t stay, I hope it’s an evolution into something new too. I’m sure it will be, in fact.
Also on The Today Show (which is a nice look for Glover), he talks about his upcoming film he’s starring in called The Lazarus Effect (this clip looks cool) and talks on the #DonaldForSpiderman campaign that’s being brought up again. I’m for that too.
ICYMI: Donald Glover on the creative process
Great news: Donald Glover is coming back to TV, officially.
Earlier in the year, it was reported he was working on his own show for FX ‘Atlanta’. This weekend, the news drops that FX has green-lit a pilot, which will star and be executive produced by Glover.
His role will be a natural fit for fans of Childish Gambino, the rapper. Via XXL:
The story for the half-hour comedy series will center around two cousins with vastly different lifestyles who are trying to make it in the thriving Atlanta rap scene. Gam will portray the role of Earnest “Earn” Marks, an underachiever who tries his hand at rapping.
Sound excellent. And I’m sure we’ll get some A-level raps from Gambino who I’m sure will wanna blow people away on TV. (Not on social media now, it seems. But hey, maybe he just cleared his Twitter to retweet this?? Haha.)
Anyway, this is me at the news:
Gambino‘s not stopping with the surprise new releases. Last week it was the mixtape/EP, S T N M T N / Kauai; this week it’s a music video for Because The Internet’s “Telegraph Ave (“Oakland” by Lloyd)”. For the video, Gambino and co-star, always-rumored bae Jhene Aiko take to Kauai and get all coupled up. It’s honestly hard not to feel their chemistry. I mean look at them…
That said, it’s a good thing that Jhene has been subtlety public with her boyfriend Dot Da Genius, because no one would believe her if the mystery was still there after seeing this video. And seeing this video is well worth it until the very end… don’t you dare press play and just listen to the song (though I’m sure the stunning Ms. Aiko won’t let you leave anyway… :))
*Tibs Fav. on the song (which I now have a greater appreciation for… especially lyrically) and the visuals
A couple of cool bonus Gambino tidbits today too… 1. Donald Glover has a new movie role. The Wrap is reporting that Glover will join a star-studded cast in the new Ridley Scott movie titled ‘The Martian’. Said star-studded cast includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Jeff Daniels, with Damon leading “as an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return home to Earth.” That actually sounds pretty cool, with the great cast even before Glover’s addition to boot.
Secondly, Gambino linked up with Ubisoft to provide “Crawl” as the official song for the trailer to Far Cry 4, a creepy violent game seen below. Gambino brings it in with why he chose the song in a brief intro too.
Remember the social media campaign to get Donald Glover as the new Spider-Man on the big screen? While the role eventually went to Andrew Garfield, the #donald4spiderman campaign in 2010 inspired writer Brian Michael Bendis to eventually cast Glover as the voice of Miles Morales, the 13-year old Spider-Man in Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” animated series. Here is Glover’s debut below when Morales meets Peter Parker. Pretty sweet.
I just tried to be as me as possible, because you’re always just going to bring it back to yourself when you watch the show.
h/t USA Today
Catching you up on the Childish Gambino you may have missed, be sure to check out his new release “candler road” and come back tomorrow for his new feature…
“Tomorrow. Driving Ms. Daisy ft. Childish Gambino”