Community Film Cast News and Everything We Know So Far

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The community movie is happening, so grab your bandolier of paintball ammo, shout “pop, pop!” and (at some point) turn on Peacock. That’s because the beloved NBC sitcom community (later on Yahoo! Screen) is coming back. And, not to get your hopes up, but Dan Harmon just gave us a reason to be very excited about the film’s cast (see below).

And, thankfully, the Community movie brings more than a handful of familiar faces. That said, some original cast names are glaring in their omission. And then there’s Pierce. We don’t expect Community to raise the dead (or fix ties to Chevy Chase).

But, yes, Community, creator Dan Harmon’s greatest achievement before he met Rick and Morty, finally gets the movie that many have been asking for for years. That’s no shock, because we’re in the age of streaming, where all the top streaming services are always in need of new content.

So, let’s break down everything we know about the Community Movie and what we hope it offers.

Community film actors and performers: Which Greendale alum is returning?

Clockwise: Donald Glover as Troy Barnes, Chevy Chase as Pierce Hawthorne, Alison Brie as Annie Edison, Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry, Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, Danny Pudi as Abed and Ken Jeong as Ben Chang in a press photo for Community which is in the study hall.

(Image credit: NBC.com)

Variety (opens in a new tab), who broke the news about the community film, fulfilled some wishes (and made some new ones) for the film. He said the following actors are returning for the film:

  • Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, the disbarred lawyer who enrolled in Greendale for a degree and ended up making friends too
  • Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir, aspiring filmmaker
  • Alison Brie as Annie Edison, the devoted student trying to shake off her high school nickname of “Little Annie Adderall”
  • Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry, who is always ready to protest, even though she has just found out the cause
  • Jim Rash as Dean Craig Pelton, who had more costume changes than Britney Spears at the VMAs
  • Ken Jeong as Ben Chang, who tried to make “Changesia” a reality

On social networks, Joel McHale (opens in a new tab) and other stars celebrated the announcement, and he tagged unannounced cast members Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown, whose returns are not confirmed or even suggested. Cameos, at this point, seem more likely. Glover, who barely uses his Twitter account, did not respond.

Talk to Variety (opens in a new tab)Dan Harmon gave reason for hope Troy and Abed in a moooviesaying “I think Donald is coming, based on word of mouth, but it’s just that the deal isn’t official or wasn’t official. It would be hard to really commit to doing this stuff without Donald… So I think I think if there are names missing from a list it’s because the names that are on the list, their agreements are agreed enough that it’s acceptable to say that they are on the list, and anyone who isn’t on a list just isn’t yet, so there’s nothing official about anyone.

Brown (opens in a new tab)on the other hand, Joel McHale’s post quote-tweeted, writing “It’s happening! Congratulations, #Community fans! You made it! ❤️ #SixSeasonAndAMovie”

Joel McHale apparently accidentally cast Gillian Anderson in the film, with a tweet where he tagged the X-Files star instead of Gillian Jacobs. anderson (opens in a new tab) tweeted “Gillian Jacobs who? I’m in @joelmchale 😉”, so now we need her as one of Britta’s parents.

Chevy Chase probably won’t return as Pierce Hawthorne, as the character is dead and Chase’s very public ousting from the show is still fresh in all of our heads.

But speaking of Pierce, we have two more dream casting wishes. First, we need Giancarlo Esposito to return as Gilbert Lawson, Pierce’s half-brother. Our second request? It would be fantastic if Esposito and Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul alum Jonathan Banks reunite in the movie Community. We will explain why in the section below.

Dan Harmon, of course, also returns. The show’s creator will serve as executive producer and writer, with writing support from Andrew Guest (30 Rock, Community). Executive producers include McHale and Russ Krasnoff and Community EP’s Gary Foster.

Alison Brie as Annie Edison, pointing a pen, while Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley is concerned in Community

(Image credit: Neil Jacobs/NBC)

Unfortunately, this is where things get even weirder. While we want to tell you that a community movie might be releasing Peacock next year, or in 2024 or 2025, there’s no evidence for that. In fact, all there is is a quote from Dan Harmon, from August, before the movie was confirmed.

“I will say now, [about the Community movie]it’s a matter of when,” Harmon told Newsweek. (opens in a new tab)“It could take anywhere from one to eight years, that’s how the industry works, especially when you factor in pandemics and so on.”

But since Community ended in 2015, seven years ago, what is another eight years?

Community film: what does “six seasons and a film” refer to?

Back in season 2 episode 21, “Paradigms of Human Memory,” a clip show made up of new clips, Abed kept telling Jeff that he believed in the success of the NBC series The Cape. And that there would be “six seasons and a movie”. Jeff didn’t believe him.

And since then, “six seasons and a movie” has become the rallying cry of Human Beings (Greendale’s mascot) everywhere. Not just because Community slowly made its way into its sixth season on Yahoo! Screen, but because the movie was still on everyone’s wishlist.

Dean Pelton convening the study group in Greendale – either for a 10 year reunion or something – makes the most sense. That’s why we don’t think Harmon and Co. will do something that simple. Instead, we have a wacky idea that’s very meta. Which gives us hope that perhaps Harmon is thinking of something similar.

If Community Film could bring back Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks, we’d love for Banks not to play criminology professor Buzz Hickey (aka Pat Nichols). Instead, imagine if Banks was recast as another secret long-lost relative of Pierce. The gang might even call it “Good Pierce”.

You would do all of this because Greendale Community College needs funding to survive, and the gang decided that Hawthorne Wipes could provide that funding. The community loved to poke fun at symbiotic relationships and the like, but we imagine Hawthorne Wipes might not be the treasure it once was, as “Good Pierce” would likely give all workers pay raises, decent perks and time off.

Then, it’s up to everyone to find a way to make this business-education synergy profitable.


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