Donald Glover wanted to make ‘a black fairytale’

The cast of Atlanta at SXSW.

The cast of Atlanta at SXSW.
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It’s been almost four long years since the incredible Atlanta: Robbin’ Season, but we’re one step closer to the premiere of the third season of the FX series. While attending the SXSW Festival, the cast of Atlanta talked to Variety on what’s in store for Earn this season (Donald Glover), his cousin Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (LaKeith Stanfield), and Van (Zazie Beetz) as they venture to Europe for Paper Boi’s tour.

“It’s been a very fair season,” Beetz said. “All the characters are out of their element, bringing things to the surface that you might otherwise suppress, in habits and in comfort. And here you can’t, because you have nothing to catch you. It’s a lot of truth and reflections of where we all are as ourselves and as people – as me, as Zazie.”

From the trailer we have that ‘fish out of water’ feeling appropriate when the crew leaves the show titular Atlanta, Georgia setting for the new arena of Europe. Yet the spirit of Atlanta is “everywhere and nowhere,” says Stephen Glover, the brother of Donald Glover who writes and produces for the critically acclaimed series.

When will Atlanta, the place, return to the series? Well, Donald Glover assured everyone that the city will have a “heavy revival” in the fourth (and last) season coming out this fall.

“Atlanta is a state of mind. Europe solidified how we felt [while writing] Season 3. [Director Hiro Murai] calls it our peak season,” said Donald Glover.

Glover went into even more detail about how the cast and crew wanted to go further for season three than what they’ve done before. “We just wanted to make a black fairytale,” Glover explained. “I remember sitting in the writer’s room and thinking, ‘What are we writing about?’ We just wanted to do short stories, something I’d like to see.”

From napkin-covered heads at dinner parties to moped rides, the trailer hints at how the short story format will work to Atlanta the crew’s mix of strangely hilarious and unpleasant events in Europe. Fortunately, it seems that the terrifying Teddy Perkins decides to stay in Atlanta this time.

The third season of Atlanta will premiere on FX on March 24, and streaming will be available on Hulu the following day.

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