Joel McHale Will Be ‘Shocked’ If the ‘Community’ Movie Doesn't Film This Year

The actor said the production is working around the schedule of Donald Glover, who played Troy Barnes for five seasons.

Cast of "Community" posing together with smiles in a behind-the-scenes group photo
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Cast of "Community" posing together with smiles in a behind-the-scenes group photo

The Community movie is aiming to begin filming this year, but it sounds like it all depends on Donald Glover.

In an interview with Deadline, Joel McHale, who played Jeff Winger on the Dan Harmon-created series, said he believes the much-discussed film will start shooting sometime in 2024, adding that he'll be "shocked" if it doesn't.

"But I really do think it's happening this year, and probably next week," McHale revealed. "It's basically working around Donald's schedule."

The fulfillment of "six seasons and a movie," a prophetic phrase from Danny Pudi's Abed, seemingly heightened when the Community cast came together for a table read to raise money for Covid-19 relief. Glover, who left the show in Season 5, not only reunited with the cast over Zoom, but pitched an idea for a movie.

"He's probably lost," Glover said of his character Troy Barnes, who was lost at sea. "I feel like it's like Abed's gotta find him. I like those movies."

Harmon further fanned the flames of anticipation at the time by admitting he was "very, very excited about the coming months" in regards to the possibility of a Community movie.

Peacock announced the long-discussed project was in development two years later.

Shortly after the reveal, Harmon left the door open for Glover's return, saying, "I would not want to think about making [the movie] without Donald."

Glover shared with Entertainment Tonight in January that the screenplay was completed, even though he had not read it yet. "I was told that the script—literally, I was texting today—I was told that the script was done," he said. "It's really just a schedule thing [but] I'm in. I'm all in."

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