The multitalented cast of “Atlanta” kept busy working on new projects ahead of Season 2, which premieres Thursday, March 1. Find out more about the primary cast members and their other projects.
The FX TV series “Atlanta” became a big hit after it premiered in September 2016. The show follows the lives of two cousins in Atlanta: Earnest “Earn” Marks, a college dropout turned manager, and his cousin, the rapper Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles. Although it was immediately renewed for a second season, fans had to wait until March 2018 because the cast was busy with other projects.
Here’s a look at nine things you may not know about the cast.
Donald Glover has a multifaceted role in the show.
Award-winning actor Donald Glover stars as “Earn” Marks in “Atlanta.” He created the series, and also writes for, directs, and produces the show. He says Season 2 is subtitled “Robbin Season” as a metaphor for the uptick in crime that occurs near the end of the calendar year.
At only 34, Glover is already a multiple award-winning entertainer.
Most recently, Glover won two Emmys for his work on “Atlanta” (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series). He’s also won a Television Critics Association Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Critics Choice Television Award, and a Grammy, just to name a few. Check out his other awards here.
Brian Tyree Henry has appeared on Broadway.
Brian Tyree Henry stars as Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles. Henry originated the role of “The General” in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.”
Henry was nominated for an Emmy for his appearance on “This Is Us.”
Henry also appeared Ricky, cousin of Ron Cephas Jones’ character in “This Is Us,” which garnered him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. He’s also appeared in Vice Principals and stars alongside Sofia Boutella and Dave Bautista in the upcoming thriller Hotel Artemis.
Lakeith Stanfield starred in both the short and feature film versions of Short Term 12.
Lakeith Stanfield stars as Darius. Stanfield’s first movie was the short film Short Term 12. After a few other lackluster roles, Stanfield took time off from acting. He returned when his Short Term 12 director called him to appear in a feature-length adaptation of the short film.
Stanfield has portrayed a number of real people in movies about them.
After his award-winning performance in Short Term 12, a number of doors opened Stanfield, among them roles in which he’s portrayed real people. He played Jimmie Lee Jackson in Selma, Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton, Patrick Haynes in the bio-pic Snowden, and Colin Warner in Crown Heights.