It's shaping up to be the year of Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino. The 34-year-old Community actor, rapper, producer, director, writer, and comedian is like a young J.J. Abrams with his hand in nearly every cookie jar in Hollywood. He's Simba in Jon Favreau's live-action remake of Disney's The Lion King; he'll be playing a younger Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story; and he's got a hit show, Atlanta, on FX (for which he won a Golden Globe) and another one on its way to the same network, an animated Deadpool series.
The Wade Wilson-centric show got a 10-episode straight-to-series order over the summer. Glover will be running it with his brother Stephen and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory attached to executive-produce. FX head John Landgraf promised that the show would be very different from the movies, and now Glover is saying that it might also be one of the easiest projects he has going at the moment.
Speaking to popculture.tv, Glover said that Deadpool comes with less baggage because of his self-awareness. Therefore, it's harder to upset fans of a character who inhabits multiple personalities and breaks the fourth wall so often.
"That one it just seems really easy," he stated. "There's not as much to hold sacred, in a weird way. I know people love Deadpool, and I know people are big comic book geeks, but it's not the same as Lando or Atlanta, where you have a whole city on your back. Deadpool is very aware of himself, so I don't have to live up to anything. So it's been actually quite easy."
Deadpool's animated counterpart drops onto FX sometime this year.