Seriously, does this man ever sleep?
If you ever start thinking too highly of your own talents and accomplishments and need to be knocked down a peg, taking a look at Donald Glover’s Wikipedia page should do the trick. Just listing his many different titles—“actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, rapper, singer, and songwriter”—takes up a whole line of his bio. And the thing about Glover is that he doesn’t just wear more hats than a hat rack, he can really pull all of them off. It’s like someone capable of rocking both a fedora and a beanie—it seems outside the realm of reason, and yet, Glover very much exists nonetheless.
You might know Glover for creating, writing, directing, executive producing, and starring in the Golden Globe winning TV series Atlanta—one of 2016’s big breakout hits, with a second season scheduled to air on FX next year—or for his career as a musician, performing under the stage name Childish Gambino. Last year, his third studio album, “Awaken, My Love!,” debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart and became his highest-charting album to date.
Just in case all of that isn’t impressive enough, Glover is scheduled to break out on the silver screen in a major way over the next few years. While his most recent and high-profile credits to date are supporting roles in Magic Mike XXL and The Martian, both released in 2015, Glover will next be seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming in a mystery role, is currently filming 2018’s highly anticipated Han Solo spin-off film, in which he plays a young Lando Calrissian, and is slated to star as Simba in the upcoming “live action” remake of The Lion King.
While just about any human would consider this an incredibly full plate, Glover clearly thinks differently: it was announced earlier today that he and his brother, Stephen Glover, have signed on to write, executive produce, and serve as showrunners for a new animated Deadpool series, which will be an “adult action-comedy,” because, y’know, it’s Deadpool. The voice cast has not yet been announced, but the writers’ room is already up and running in London (to accommodate Glover’s Star Wars filming schedule). The first season, consisting of ten half-hour episodes, will premiere on FXX in 2018.
For those of you concerned that this might affect season two of Atlanta, worry not: Glover has apparently already finished writing it.
Conventional wisdom would say that you can’t do everything at once; Donald Glover seems to be making a commendable effort to prove otherwise. All right, so maybe climbing to the top of the Billboard, the box-office, and television isn’t quite the whole world, but it’s pretty damn remarkable for one person. Glover might not be not at the “conquering” stage just yet, but it’s looking more and more like it’s only a matter of time. After all, Glover is only thirty-three.