Dean-dong: Who’s knocking on the doors of Greendale Community College? Why it’s Gillian Anderson, and she’s ready to sign up.
On the October 12 episode of You can’t disappoint a podcastwriter and executive producer Andrew Guest confirmed to podcast hosts Zachary Pruett and Stephen Baker that the Crown star has expressed interest in joining the recently announced (and long-awaited) community film.
Like most things associated with Greendale, it all started with a mistake. Joel McHale, who starred as Jeff Winger in all six seasons of the hit TV show, which premiered in 2009 and focused on a lovable group of misfits who came together to form a band of Spanish study, announced on Twitter on September 30 that the show’s prophecy—#sixseasonsandmovie—will finally be fulfilled. He tagged the cast of the show, including Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Gillian Jacobs. At least he thought he tagged Gillian Jacobs.
Instead, he accidentally tagged Anderson — he’s only human, after all — and surprise, surprise: Anderson was down.
Turns out she wasn’t kidding. “Suddenly there’s this center of gravity,” Guest told Pruett and Baker of the response to the movie’s announcement. “We may not have had every one of our actors in writing, but people are reaching out to us. Directors are reaching out to us. Gillian Anderson’s thing? She wants to be in the movie!”
When Peacock officially announced the film on September 30, original cast members Glover and Brown were notably absent. Glover left the show in season 4 and Brown left in season 5, then returned for the series finale in 2015. Guest and Fans hope that the whole gang will eventually come together for the feature – probably minus the original actor Chevy Chase, who had a falling out with Harmon and whose very abrasive character, Pierce Hawthorne, died on the show.
“It’s just amazing to see the response,” Guest told the podcast hosts of the overall response to the film. “Joel McHale, the cast, [creator] Dan Harmon, me, we all felt the love. It wouldn’t happen without people like you.”
The long-rumored movie has started to look more like the real thing in recent months, with Brie and Harmon confirming separately Pleasemynews that things were improving. Then suddenly, there it was: confirmation.
But according to Guest, the road to feature film has been a long one. “In December 2019,” he told the podcast, “Dan had a meeting with Sony and Sony was like, ‘We think it’s time.’ Then… 2020, pre-pandemic, I had lunch with Dan and he was like, “Do you want to do this with me?” And I said sure, and then I moved on to now. It’s been slow.
“There’s something about this band that’s genuine, a genuine love for each other and for the show they’ve all created together,” he added. “During the pandemic, when that table was read, they didn’t know if Donald would be able to pull it off — he might be the busiest man in Hollywood — but there he was.”
The cast, minus Chase, did a chart reading of the Season 5 episode “Cooperative Polygraphy” in May 2020 to benefit World Central Kitchen and Frontline Foods.
Said Guest of that experience, “This cast always fires on all cylinders. That chemistry is legit.”
Now all that’s left to do is wait and see what Guest and Harmon’s spirits come up with, and if Agent Scully will indeed join the Spanish study group. True community mode, Guest said, “We’re doomed.”
This writer disagrees politically and thinks the movie will definitely be an unstoppable juggler.
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