This weekend, Donald Glover held the second edition of his PHAROS virtual reality experience in Aukland, New Zealand, which he previously described as “a gathering of the five intuitives of the human experience: tribe, ritual, experience abstraction, architecture, language.” Glover, who recently had to cancel dates performing as Childish Gambino due to a foot injury, performed in a large, illuminated dome during the three-day event.
In addition to performing a selection of material new and old, the entertainment Rennaissance man debuted the trailer for a new feature film, in which he co-stars with pop superstar Rihanna. Glover’s longtime collaborator Hiro Murai serves as the film’s director. Murai has directed several music videos for Childish Gambino (including the Internet-breaking “This Is America”) in addition to playing an integral directorial role in Glover’s award-winning FX series, Atlanta.
The trailer refers to the movie as “a Childish Gambino film,” which indicate a new direction for Glover’s musical pseudonym after he announced his intentions to retire the moniker earlier this year. Though the trailer doesn’t include a title, the film is being tentatively referred to as Guava Island.
The movie appears to take place on a tropical island and feature plenty of energetic island musical energy. As Glover’s character muses in a thematic voice-over, “We live in paradise but none of us have the time or the means to actually live here…We work hard. We deserve a day off. We’re just taking what’s ours.” You can watch crowd-shot footage of the trailer’s live debut below:
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The buzz around this forthcoming film began back in August, when an on-set photo of Glover and Rihanna circulated on social media. Now, the project appears to be coming to fruition, and we couldn’t be more excited to find out more.
However, in true Donald/Gambino fashion, this trailer is not even the biggest story of the weekend surrounding Glover and a movie preview. That title goes to the new trailer for the forthcoming live-action The Lion King remake, in which Glover stars as Simba. The clip broke records on Thursday, racking up nearly 25M views in its first 24 hours online (it now sits at more than 36M and counting). You can check out that trailer below:
The Lion King (2019) – Official Teaser Trailer
[Video: Walt Disney Studios]