FX is getting into business with Donald Glover.
The network has handed out a pilot order to Atlanta, a half-hour rap comedy created by and starring the former Community alum, TVWise has learned.
Atlanta revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy. Glover will play Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks, a college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a sudden star.
The comedy was put in development at FX last summer and is being produced by the network’s sister studio FX Productions. Donald Glover, Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle will executive produce. Casting for the remaining series regular roles will take place in the coming months, with production expected to commence in 2015.
“Donald Glover is a uniquely talented actor and performer who brings real-life experience to this subject matter,” said FX’s Nick Grad. “Not only is Donald a very gifted actor, he has achieved tremendous success and acclaim as the musical artist Childish Gambino. He, along with Paul Simms, has a very honest, sometimes serious, and funny perspective on life, the world of rap music and the city of Atlanta.”