Community creator Dan Harmon told Variety that Donald Glover, alongside other cast members from the series, could still return for the Community movie despite being excluded from the recent film announcement.
Harmon spoke about how Glover isn’t confirmed to not be returning. Rather, the deal involving his reprisal wasn’t necessarily official at the time, so Glover could actually still appear in the film as Troy Barnes.
“I think that Donald is coming, based on word of mouth, but it’s just the deal isn’t official or wasn’t official,” Harmon stated. “It would be difficult to really commit to doing this thing without Donald. So I believe he is coming back. I think if there’s names missing from a list, it’s because the names that are on the list, their deals are agreed upon enough that it’s OK to say they are on the list, and anybody that’s not on a list, it’s just not the case yet. So there is nothing official about anybody being out.”
Given Harmon refers to “names” in the plural, this seems to imply that other absent cast members like Yvette Nicole Brown and potentially even Chevy Chase could still join the film in some capacity.
Community concluded its acclaimed six-season run in 2015 after jumping across multiple networks. The series has since gained further popularity through streaming services like Netflix, leading many fans to renew the “Six Seasons and a Movie” campaign that spawned from the show itself. With the announcement of the film becoming a reality, it seems like the series’ long-echoed slogan is finally being fulfilled.