Donald Glover Delivers Teaser For BeyHive-Inspired Series "Swarm"

An obsessed fan takes things a bit too far, and Glover explores the downside to fanbases.

BYErika Marie
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Fandom is a topic that can create fear in some, but Donald Glover is capitalizing on the craze. The entertainment industry often takes advantage of its die-hard fans—or "Stans," thanks to Eminem. In music, artists have fanbases with their own names, and often, they will battle each other over who is the best. It's simple to search through social media to find an obsessed fan who takes things too far. In Swarm, Glover dramatizes an often frightening concept.

Today (February 10), a sneak peek into Swarm has been released. The film stars the likes of Chlöe, Damson Idris, and Dominique Fishback, and the teaser hints at this being a captivating thriller. “We just thought it’d be fun to make a post-truth Piano Teacher mixed with The King of Comedy,” Glover shared with Vanity Fair. This referenced Michael Haneke's 2001 drama and Martin Scorsese's 1982 classic.

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Fishback's character Dre is a young woman who becomes obsessed with a certain superstar. Chlöe plays her sister, while Idris portrays her boyfriend. Glover admitted that initially, he had Fishback in mind for Chlöe's role, but the actress asked for an opportunity to stretch herself. The request was granted, the rest is history.

Glover reunited with Atlanta writer and producer Janine Nabers for Swarm, and she detailed the evolution of the creative direction. "We were really interested in creating an antihero story,” said Nabers. “When we shot the last scene of the pilot, every single person stopped what they were doing and gave [Fishback] a standing ovation for three minutes. I’ve been doing TV for a long time and I’ve never seen that. That was the moment that Donald and I looked at each other and we were like, ‘All right—we got something right.’”

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Meanwhile, when Glover is expanding his television and film careers, he's in the studio working on new music. It was once thought that Childish Gambino was gone for good, but Glover has had a change of heart. He recently shared that he has been recording, and fans are eager to hear what he has in store. Watch the teaser for Swarm above, and let us know if you're excited about this series. It will air on Prime Video this year.


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Erika Marie is a seasoned journalist, editor, and ghostwriter who works predominantly in the fields of music, spirituality, mental health advocacy, and social activism. The Los Angeles editor, storyteller, and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. E.M. attempts to write stories that are compelling while remaining informative and respectful. She's an advocate of lyrical witticism & the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, '90s R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, & Punk; Funk, Soul, Harlem Renaissance Jazz greats, and artists who innovate, not simply replicate.