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The Community Movie - What We Know So Far

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Nearly ten years ago, the cult NBC sitcom "Community" released its final episode on the now-defunct streaming platform Yahoo! Screen, successfully ending a tumultuous run with the hope of a series-long dream — six seasons "#andamovie." In September of 2022, that dream finally came true, with Peacock confirming a feature film would be released on their streaming service.

The original series followed Jeff (Joel McHale), a disgraced lawyer attempting to get a college degree after a career of deception. However, in trying to seduce fellow student and pseudo-activist Britta (Gillian Jacobs), he unknowingly begins a journey of friendship and self-discovery that's every bit as sweet as it sounds — and way weirder too. Among the cast were high-strung overachiever Annie ("Glow" and "BoJack Horseman's" Alison Brie), high school football star Troy ("Atlanta's" Donald Glover), his newfound, movie-obsessed friend Abed ("Mythic Quest's" Danny Pudi), recent divorcee Shirley ("A Black Lady Sketch Show's" Yvette Nicole Brown) and the elderly Pierce Hawthorn (played by former-"SNL" star, Chevy Chase).

Anticipation for the film is already palpable, with the main question on many minds being who will return to their roles and who will be counted absent. Here's everything that's known about the upcoming movie so far.

When will the Community movie be released?

Unfortunately, there is currently no information about when the "Community" movie will be released. However, Joel McHale did go on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and announce the movie would start filming June 2023 (via Collider). Based on that info, we'd assume the movie would probably came out in late 2023 or early 2024.

This wait is the only downside to Peacock's film announcement, which had "Community" fans freaking out on Twitter. @StephenMcGrady shared a gif of Troy frantically running around Annie, Abed, and a man they just rendered unconscious, with the caption, "MY WHOLE BRAIN IS CRYING." Peacock responded, "We have avoided the darkest of timelines." Though the streaming service's Twitter was interacting with several fans in the replies, it ignored one tweet from @BradMahler, which read, "Don't worry, it's super unlikely that community could kill TWO streaming services ..." Yahoo! Screen was shut down in 2016 (per the Guardian). 

While we can't say when the "Community" movie will arrive, we already have a pretty good idea of who will be a part of it when it finally drops. 

Who is starring in the Community movie?

Of all "Community's" alumni, Joel McHale is the most involved with the film. Describing it as a family reunion, he told The Wrap that he wept during a pandemic-era table read. The actor tweeted the original announcement that a film was underway, tagging most of the series' original cast in the post — that said, not all mentioned are confirmed to return yet.

In addition to McHale returning as former lawyer and avid speech-giver Jeff Winger, much of the original cast is excited to return to Greendale Community College. Danny Pudi posted the announcement to his Instagram with no caption. Jim Rash — who played Dean Pelton — similarly confirmed his involvement. Ken Jeong is confirmed by Variety to be involved as well.

It's unknown if Gillian Jacobs will return as Britta — hilariously, McHale's original tweet tagged "Sex Education's" Gillian Anderson instead, who jokingly replied, "Gillian Jacobs who? I'm in." Jacobs is not on Twitter. Meanwhile, Yvette Nicole-Brown celebrated "Community" fans without stating one way or the other if she would come back. At the same time, Alison Brie confirmed her involvement in a recent Daily Beast interview. 

Harmon has stated that based on "word of mouth," he believes Donald Glover will return, though there isn't an official deal in place. Glover has previously hinted that he would like to be a part of a "Community" film. Other cast members like Keith David, Jonathan Banks, John Oliver, and Paget Brewster have not been confirmed to return yet.

Who else is involved in the Community movie?

Series creator Dan Harmon is back as an executive producer on the film. As Slash Film recounts the conversation that got Harmon kicked off "Community" after its third season, the reasons remain shrouded in vague platitudes and external assumptions. It has been reasonably speculated that he was fired for a combination of his unprofessional attitude, his unwillingness to compromise on narrative with higher-ups, and an instance of sexual harassment. He was subsequently rehired for the fifth and sixth seasons.

Longtime "Community" producers Russ Krasnoff and Gary Foster are also on board, as is Joel McHale, who will executive produce in addition to starring in the movie. McHale has previously produced programs, but 2023's Fox sitcom "Animal Control" will be his first foray into creating narrative content. Joining Harmon in the writing room is "Community" veteran Andrew Guest, who wrote several classic episodes of the series, including "A Fistful of Paintballs," "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples," and "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons."

Where can fans watch Community the TV show?

Oddly enough, fans can't binge the "Community" TV show on the platform its movie will premiere on. Though Community currently streams on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, it remains absent from Peacock for the time being. Per the Peacock TV blog, the streaming platform will be acquiring the entire library of "Community" episodes at some point before the film's ultimate release. Though a date for this acquisition hasn't been announced, they assure fans that there will be enough time to watch (or rewatch) the series before digging into the movie. Suppose you can't wait for it to arrive on Peacock and have no access to the series otherwise. In that case, it is also available to purchase on Video-on-Demand platforms like YouTube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime — it costs between $1.99 and $3.99 per episode (depending on which one you choose) and between $19.99 and $39.99 per season.

For those who are curious about "Community" but want to skip right the best episodes, Looper has you covered. The series is vast and genre-bending, so each episode may feel drastically different from another until you get into the swing of the series. Among Looper's recommendations are the all-out paintball epic "Modern Warfare" and the series' bizarre crown jewel, "Remedial Chaos Theory." If these or any of the best "Community" episodes ranked spark your interest, feel free to start there. That said, each self-contained episode is more rewarding after seeing the whole series — and you have plenty of time before the "Community" movie finally releases to binge the entire show.