Ever since the show ended back in 2015, fans had been demanding a Community movie, with the mantra #SixSeasonsAndAMovie frequently coming out online. Now Peacock is moving forward with the film, and fans are wondering, “Who are they bringing back?”
While the series is expected to bring back the regulars who stayed until the end like Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, and Danny Pudi, there is a question of whether the series will bring back actors Donald Glover, Yvette-Nicole Brown, and Chevy Chase, who were all central cast members who left before the series ended.
During a panel at the New York Comic-Con (via Variety), Dan Harmon explained that bringing back Donald Glover was a necessity, but the same can’t be said for Chevy Chase. Harmon explains:
“I think that Donald is coming, based on word of mouth, but it’s just the deal isn’t official or wasn’t official. 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”
— Variety (@Variety) October 7, 2022
As for Chase’s inclusion, Harmon said, “I don’t even know if it’s legal for him to come back… That may be out of my hands. There may something I sign for with an insurance company.”
Though Chase did have his infamous falling out with the show, I am actually kind of hoping that he makes a small appearance just to start mending fences. Pearce Hawthorne could be dead in canon, but he was such a central part of the series that they have to make some kind of mention about him in the film.
No release date has been set for the Community film, but it’s set to release on Peacock sometime in 2024.