Glover plays Earn, a struggling Iyy League dropout managing his low-key cousin and rising hip-hop star Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry) who raps under the name Paper Boi. Earn is largely broke at the start of the show while trying to raise a son with his ex-girlfriend Van (Zazie Beetz). LaKeith Stanfield is Darius, Alfred’s eccentric friend and sidekick. Alfred lands a fluke hit single and Earn tries to capitalize on that success.
The show’s distinctive blend of comedy, drama and surrealism captured a slice of the city that had been rarely shown before, and critics showered Glover with accolades, calling him a true original and visionary. Though the show didn’t pull in huge ratings, it won two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award.
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Glover’s super-packed schedule prevented an immediate return of the show, which was shot on location in metro Atlanta in 2016 and 2017. He hosted “Saturday Night Live” five days before the season two finale of “Atlanta.” He starred in 2018′s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” as a young version of Lando Calrissian.
He spent the fall of 2018 touring as his alter ego, rap artist Childish Gambino, riding high on his provocative video and No. 1 song “This is America.” He shot and released a film on Amazon Prime called “Guava Island” starring him and Rihanna. He worked with Adidas on a new line of sneakers. He provided the voice of Simba in the live-action film “The Lion King” released in 2019.
He then recorded a fourth Childish Gambino album that came out in March 2020.
By then, FX had already given “Atlanta” a fourth season with plans to tape the third and fourth seasons concurrently in 2020 for release in 2021. Then, the pandemic hit, delaying production another year.
The show finally began production in London in April 2021, with filming in Amsterdam and Paris as well, and was completed by August. The fourth season of “Atlanta” was shot in metro Atlanta this past fall.
FX said season three will consist of Paper Boi on a tour in Europe and how the crew deals with Alfred’s breakthrough fame.
There are 10 episodes scheduled for season three.
FX planned to launch its “Atlanta” marketing campaign Christmas Day by releasing a new teaser trailer set to run during ESPN and ABC’s set of NBA games.
There have been no details of the plotline for season four or when that season might debut.