FX Networks' Atlanta casts lead actors

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 07 July 2015

The FX Networks comedy pilot Atlanta has cast its lead actors as production gets underway this month.

Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz will star in the pilot along with Donald Glover, who created and wrote the pilot.

Hiro Murai will direct the pilot for FX, which will be produced by FX Productions and begin shooting in Atlanta at the end of July. Glover serves as executive producer of the pilot, along with Paul Simms (Girls, Flight of the Conchords, NewsRadio) and Dianne McGunigle of MGMT Entertainment.

The show revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy.

Donald Glover will play Earnest Earn Marks, a loner who left Atlanta only to return to work an unglamorous job and is barely getting by. When his cousin Alfred becomes Atlanta's hot rapper, Earn sees an opportunity to manage Alfred's career.

Brian Tyree Henry will play Alfred Miles, Atlanta's hot of the moment rapper who plans to capitalise on his sudden fame as quickly as possible.

Lakeith Lee Stanfield will play Darius, Alfred's oddly talented right-hand man and musical collaborator.

And Zazie Beetz will play Van, a pragmatist caught up in a complicated relationship with Earn due to their daughter.