To Hell with 'Spider-Man,' Donald Glover Needs to Play 'Afro Samurai'
by Ethan Anderton
July 28, 2011
Last year the internet was buzzing with the prospect of a non-white actor being cast as Peter Parker in the franchise reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man, and very quickly comedian, Mystery Team and "Community" star Donald Glover had a makeshift campaign to get himself at least an audition for the coveted role. His efforts online even made The Washington Post and NY Mag. But with Andrew Garfield obviously taking the role of the wallcrawler, I think it's time we get Glover a new big screen gig instead. And with news of a live-action Afro Samurai film announced last week, I now think we all know who needs to take that role.
Honestly, I think Donald Glover would be the perfect choice to take the title role in a live-action adaptation of the popular anime series. Considering Samuel L. Jackson's age, he's likely too old to play the lead role which he voiced in the series. And while Glover may seem a little young, at 28-years old I don't think it's a stretch to have him play the adult ninja warrior out to avenge his father's death. Though Glover hasn't done much in the vein of action or drama, I have no doubt that he has the ability and the passion to pull off something like this. His achievements in comedy have been satisfying, but I think this project would really allow him to take his career to the next level, which is what he needs following his work on "Community".
The question is whether or not Glover is interested in the role. Well, fortunately, I had a chance to bring up this suggestion to the actor and he was positively stoked about the proposition. Glover said, "That would be the bomb, man! I would love to do that." It's not clear if this is something Glover would actually have his agents actively pursue, but perhaps at least a meeting with producer Samuel L. Jackson is in order. Either way, if you would like to see Glover take on the role of Afro Samurai and kick some serious ass, spread the word and maybe we can even get #Donald4AfroSamurai trending out on Twitter, too. Sound good?