*This spring, FX goes into production on the comedy pilot “Atlanta,” created by, and starring Donald Glover.
“It will explore the rap scene in the city of Atlanta through the perspective of two cousins – one, a sudden rap star, the other a college dropout struggling with the unique challenge of being young, gifted and black,” FX CEO John Landgraf announced on Sunday.
Glover, who also executive produces alongside Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle of Schiff Company, plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, the college drop-out who taps into his own musical aspirations when his estranged family member finds sudden fame.
“Donald Glover is a uniquely talented actor and performer who brings real-life experience to this subject matter,” said FX Networks and FX Productions president of original programming 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.”
Glover, best known for his musical work and his time on “Community,” also served as a writer on “30 Rock.”