‘Community’ movie is getting made, Donald Glover returning?

The Greendale gang is reuniting after nearly a decade.

words by: Alee Kwong
Oct 27, 2022

The Greendale gang (at least most of them) are back! We are finally getting our 6 seasons and a movie. Community has gone through the ringer, and its fans have stuck by the show come hell or high water. The series ran for 5 seasons on NBC and was canceled, later picked up by Yahoo! and given its sixth and final season (with mention of a possible movie to close everything out for good — #sixseasonsandamovie). The sixth season ended on June 2, 2015, and the fans are still not tired of it after nearly 8 years.


NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock, announced that it would give Community the long-awaited chance to close the book for good with a feature-length film. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, and Jim Rash were all signed on to return and reprise their roles from the series, but there were a few names missing. Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Donald Glover were noticeably absent from the cast list.


Fans were worried that this was confirmation that Glover’s departure in Season 5 was the last we were ever going to see of Troy Barnes. However, at this year’s New York Comic-Con, creator Dan Harmon addressed this concern and said that Glover’s role has not been finalized but that he believes that things will go as planned and Glover will return.


“I think that Donald [Glover] is coming, based on word of mouth, but it’s just the deal isn’t official or wasn’t official. It would be difficult to really commit to doing this thing without Donald. So I believe he is coming back. I think if there’s names missing from a list, it’s because the names that are on the list, their deals are agreed upon enough that it’s OK to say they are on the list, and anybody that’s not on a list, it’s just not the case yet. So there is nothing official about anybody being out.”


This means good news for those who loved Yvette Nicole Brown and her role as Shirley Bennett. Brown left the show before its sixth season to take care of her father, and Harmon’s comment means that bringing her back is fully within the realm of possibilities (pending her current personal circumstances).


The issue with Chevy Chase’s return has less to do with his character’s death in the show and more to do with how horrible he was to be around while filming and behind the scenes. It’s been well-known for a while now that Chase’s personality didn’t stray too far from that of his willfully ignorant character, Pierce Hawthorne. When asked about how he feels about his co-stars’ opinions regarding his behavior (and him being banned from SNL for similar reasons), Chase says, “I am who I am, I don’t give a crap!”


“I don’t even know if it’s legal for him to come back,” creator Dan Harmon admitted during a Comic-Con panel (via Variety). “That may be out of my hands. There may be something I sign for with an insurance company.”


We’re excited to see how the movie plays out.


Speaking of Glover, the Atlanta star hired Malia Obama to write for his new show Hive.


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