FX Pushes ‘Atlanta’ Back To 2018 Thanks To Han Solo Film

By January 17, 2017
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FX has renewed its commitment to a second season of Donald Glover’s Golden Globe-winning comedy series Atlanta. But like many things viewers are enjoying, we’re all going to have to wait until 2018.

That’s because Glover will be a bit busy this year. Primarily with work he just wrapped for Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as his upcoming high-profile work as a young Lando Calrissian in the yet-to-be-named Han Solo Star Wars anthology film.

While the Han Solo film won’t hit theaters until next year, production on the project will begin later this spring, to allow the long lead-time the Star Wars films seem to need for special effects and other work.

After Glover won a Golden Globe last week for his work on the series, FX agreed to a new deal with the actor and comedian that will allow him to develop more projects not just for FX, but other networks and streaming services.

Nick Grad, FX’s president of original programming, told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement that Glover “effortlessly” shifts from multiple jobs in television to “create one amazing project after another.”

Atlanta was just the beginning – the breakout comedy of the year, and a series revered as much for its originality as its honest look at the experience of being aspiring, young and black in that legendary city.

“We’re proud to partner with Donald in an overall deal that will allow him to continue turning his creative vision into incredible television.”

Glover got his big break in television in 2006 when he started earning guest role appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock, and later moved to another cult comedy favorite on the network, Community, as Troy Barnes.

When that series ended in 2014, Glover made a slight turn toward movies, appearing in Magic Mike XXL and Matt Damon’s The Martian in 2015.

Atlanta premiered last year about two cousins who try to work their way up from nothing in the Atlanta rap community.

It also stars Brian Tyree Henry, Keith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz.

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