Donald Glover’s FX Pilot ‘Atlanta’ Gets Cast

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In 2013, former “Community” star and Atlanta native Donald Glover announced he was developing a show for FX called “Atlanta.” Now, two years later, FX will finally be shooting a pilot co-starring Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Zazie Beats, and Brian Tyree Henry, who is best known for HBO’s “Vice Principals” and Broadway’s “Book of Mormon.”

Glover will star as Earnest “Earn” Marks, an aspiring rapper who returns to Atlanta after failing to find fame and fortune, only to learn his cousin, played by Henry, is hip-hop’s next big thing. Glover wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Paul Simms (“Girls,” “Flight of the Conchords”) and Dianne McGunigle of MGMT Entertainment.

At the helm will be Hiro Murai, who’s directed videos for musicians Flying Lotus, Chet Faker, and Glover’s hip-hop alter-ego Childish Gambino. Glover is currently dancing his way through “Magic Mike XXL”; meanwhile filming for “Atlanta” begins this month.

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