Everything to Know About 'Swarm,' Donald Glover’s New Prime Video Show

Ahead of the new series’ March 17 premiere, we take a look at what all is known (and unknown) about the new Prime Video show 'Swarm' so far. Read more below.

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Swarm Donald Glover Prime Video

There’s a buzz like no other building behind the upcoming Swarm, which marks Donald Glover’s latest televisionary experience.

Glover’s Atlanta came to a close in November of last year after four acclaimed and inventive seasons, each challenging viewers in a way few series have dared, even in the creatively freeing streaming era. 

Among other artistic feats, the FX original provided a measured, but ultimately loving, view of the American South. More specifically, Glover and company treated Georgia as not only a canvas upon which they could paint challenging stories that often veered from the show’s main cast, but also as a wellspring from which those same stories culled their power.

This proved a winning approach in the eyes of fellow southern-born creatives and television critics alike, with the series ultimately going on to bag multiple nominations and wins at the Golden Globes and the Emmys, not to mention multiple inclusions in high-profile rankings of the greatest series of all time.

Atlanta was also praised early into its four-season run for having assembled an all-Black writers’ room, with Janine Nabers standing as a crucial voice in the back half of the series. Prime Video’s Swarm sees Nabers and Glover working together again, this time both sharing creator credits.

Ahead of the new series’ March 17 premiere, we take a look at what all is known (and unknown) about Swarm so far. Read more below.

Donald Glover directed the pilot

Donald Glover Swarm Directing

Dominique Fishback leads a cast also featuring Chlöe Bailey and Damson Idris

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A 1982 Scorsese classic is a key source of inspiration

Swarm Donald Glover Prime Video

Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ collaborator Janine Nabers is co-creator and showrunner


Soon after Glover and the crew wrapped filming on Atlanta, production kicked off for Swarm. The team shared images on Instagram from the set as early as April 2022, showing that things were already in motion long before the FX series finale. Glover is keeping it all in the family and bringing along his brother Stephen Glover on this ride again, as well as other writers, directors, and producers who worked on Atlanta, including Jamal Olori, Ibra Ake, and Adamma Ebo. 

Malia Obama worked on the show

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'Swarm' is not Glover’s first project for Amazon

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While Atlanta carried out its four-season run on FX, Glover’s relationship with Amazon actually dates back to 2019. That year, Glover co-wrote and starred in the musical short Guava Island, directed by Hiro Murai. The Prime Video release also starred Rihanna and Letitia Wright, with its roster of musical numbers boasting an alternate version of the ubiquitous 2018 Gambino single “This Is America.”

After working on Guava Island, Glover was reported in 2021 to have signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios, as was his brother (another Atlanta alum) Stephen Glover. A Mr. & Mrs. Smith series was originally set to see Glover starring alongside Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge; however, the actress later departed the show and was replaced by Maya Erskine (PEN15).

Nabers, who also wrote for HBO’s Watchmen, also signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios and was reportedly kicking the deal off with a tech drama called Syd as her first project. Deadline reported that Syd is about a Black tech CEO who wakes up one morning to discover that his life has been hacked by a mysterious entity.

Prime Video releases a teaser trailer for 'Swarm'

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Prime Video added to the already-existing hype for the show by sharing a new teaser trailer in February, ahead of its SXSW debut taking place in March. The show will arrive on Prime Video a week later on March 17. The teaser trailer didn’t give much away about the show, but it featured Fishback along with a distant sound of buzzing bees, which seemed to go along with the theme about a woman’s “obsession with a pop star,” and the show is also said to be inspired by Beyoncé and her Beyhive. A voice-over also repeats the question, “Who’s your favorite artist?” throughout the duration of the trailer. Check out the creepy clip above.


Full-length 'Swarm' trailer offers deepest look yet

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The fittingly ominous teaser was followed by the release of the series’ first full-length trailer.

“She is not like everybody else,” we hear in narration form in the trailer, which gives us the most in-depth look yet at how this story of dark obsession will play out. “She knows what we’re thinking and she gives it a name. She’s a goddess.”

The proceedings are soundtracked by a cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind.” Alongside the trailer’s unveiling, we also learned the series will feature appearances from Paris Jackson, Rickey Thompson, Byron Bowers, Kiersey Clemons, and Rory Culkin.

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