Is your favorite character in the cast of the community film?
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Last week, Community eventually fulfilled the prophecy and got six seasons and a movie. The official announcement of said film confirmed that Joel McHale (Jeff), Danny Pudi (Abed), Alison Brie (Annie), Gillian Jacobs (Britta), Jim Rash (Craig) and Ken Jeong (Ben) will reprise their roles. This rules out several major members of the study group, but it should be noted that show creator Dan Harmon said Variety that more actors could still find themselves in the final project. Who is missing and how likely are they to join the final cast? Here is a breakdown of the probabilities:
Donald Glover (Troy): Is this the end of Troy and Abed in the morning? Harmon doesn’t seem to think so, saying Variety that he believes “Donald is coming, based on word of mouth.” He explained that the deal may not have been official enough to confirm that Glover was part of the cast. “It would be hard to really commit to doing this thing without Donald,” Harmon said. He also noted that he looks forward to continuing to share more news about the film, including when he can say Glover “is officially in it for real.” he would be down for one Community film. All in all, it looks as promising as it gets.
Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley): Brown also participated in the reading of the 2020 chart and has always expressed that she would be happy to be in a Community film. A few days before the movie was announced — with her absence from the cast — she told E! News that she was aware that a script was being written. “Every day it’s getting closer to fruition,” she said. “Do I know when? No. Do I know if everyone’s schedule is going to line up at the right time for this to happen at a time that will make everyone happy? I don’t know either. But I know everyone wants to participate, and that’s half the battle.
McHale tagged Brown and Glover on Twitter in his post breaking the news, and Brown replied, “It’s happening! Congratulations, #Community fans!” (To be fair, we can’t take McHale’s tweet as casting confirmation — he accidentally tagged Gillian Anderson instead of Gillian Jacobs.)
John Oliver (Ian): The Last week tonight the host is apparently quite busy with his talk show these days. Although Oliver has not officially commented on the Community movie, a Reddit user claimed earlier this year that he attended a taping of the show and asked her about it. “John also said he wasn’t sure he could do it because he’s busy with Last week tonight but he said his part is so insignificant in Community that it’s not that important if he’s in it,” the post read. “He said he’d like to do the movie if he could come over when he had a break from Last week tonight.”
Jonathan Banks (Buzz), Paget Brewster (Frankie) and Keith David (Elroy): These three Community the cast members have remained silent on social media regarding the upcoming film goes. Now that You better call Saul is over, there could be a higher probability that Banks is free. But beyond that, we’re just not too sure of our chances.
Chevrolet Chase (Pierce): Chase was not part of the Community community for a time, with his character being killed off in the show’s fifth season. The actor reportedly made racial cracks on set and once told Glover, “People think you’re funnier because you’re black.” Harmon recently brought up the possibility of Chase’s casting during a Comic Con panel, and the odds look bleak: “I don’t even know if it’s legal for him to come back,” Harmon said, per Variety. “It may be out of my hands. There may be something I sign with an insurance company.