Atlanta’s Europe-based Season 3 will miss the premiere in January 2021
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Sure, there is an outsider hero – his name is Mark aka Invincible (voiced by Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead) – but he’s one of a kind. Mark is half Korean American and half superhero. He is a teenager who inherits his powers from his father, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons), the most dominant Crusader or Viltrumite in their world. But the more strength and ability Mark gains, the more he begins to realize that his father is more flawed than he could ever have imagined.
Zazie Beetz, best for her roles in FX ‘Atlanta and the Joker movie, Amber, Mark’s high school classmate speaks. Mark hushes into Amber quietly until he catches her attention by trying to defend her against a handy bully. Amber eventually develops feelings for Mark and inadvertently ends up in a love triangle with him and Eve aka Atom Eve (Gillian Jacobs of Weird City).
Beetz says she was attracted to Invincible, Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead from his adapted the comic series of the same name and celebrated its Amazon premiere last Friday because of the impressive and comprehensive cast of the show.
« I had the opportunity to read the pilot and then to myself with the comic and the group of people deal that were already connected, « Beetz told TVLine. « Steven Yeun and JK, Sandra Oh (who plays Mark’s mother, Debbie) and Gilly … It was just a really great team that I wanted to work with and be a part of. I also loved having Robert Kirkman on the Series and I really trusted that the spirit of the comic would be reflected on the TV show, which I think is very important. I like being part of this world. «
Read on while The German-born Beetz teases the first season with eight episodes and talks about the show’s indirect connection with Atlanta costar and creator Donald Glover.
TVLINE | Was your collaboration with Kirkman drawn to Invincible?
He was super involved. He was involved in all of the recording sessions and was very involved in designing the show. That really attracted me and Bernstein’s character is part of this larger world.
TVLINE | Amber has some fighting skills. She is not dominoes and she has no super powers, but she does not suffer from bullying.
Yes, she is holding her own and I think that’s something that has changed from her comic book personality as well. She leads with confidence and with the feeling of knowing who she is and who she wants to be and what she wants to do in the world. I think that’s actually a really interesting juxtaposition in a way with Mark who is still trying to figure it out. I liked the idea of a lot of people watching a superhero thing say, « Oh man, I wish I was like Superman or Wonder Woman » or whoever. But really, you don’t have to be to be extraordinary or to make change in the world and do what you think is good. Your role in this way is really important.
TVLINE | What was it like working on it during a pandemic? Did you all do this virtually from home?
We did this before the pandemic, around the spring of 2019, so it was a normal recording where you went into the studio – but we didn’t record at the same time. I think Steven did with J.K. Simmons, but I did it alone, and I think Gillian was alone for all of them. Obviously, Kirkman was involved when we were recording, and our director and some of the producers. But I didn’t work directly with the other actors.
TVLINE | Oh, I imagined you and Gillian would exchange Donald Glover stories because you both worked with him. Is it like « Six Degrees from Donald Glover? »
Yeah, I’ve thought about it. I said, « Oh yeah, like she knows him from her time in the community. » We only did a few of our interviews together, and that’s how we really get to know each other.
TVLINE | Have you started working on Atlanta Season 3 yet?
We are just about to start filming. So let’s do it. I’m going to film in Europe in about two weeks so we have to start the whole process with the PPE and everything. And you can never really get used to it. I worked during the pandemic and I have to say that I am really grateful to be working honestly. It’s interesting in this business because it’s about getting in touch with people and communicating with them, and that whole element is harder to do. Sets are very strict to keep everyone safe, which is good, but it doesn’t make the ability to really communicate effectively easy. You kind of have to get used to doing everything a little differently, but you never really get used to it because it creates a little fear.
TVLINE | What can we expect from Amber in Season 1 of Invincible?
Mark and Amber are having a romantic affair. But when Mark comes to himself and works on their relationship, he struggles with the pressure to balance those responsibilities as a superhuman and just try to live a normal life. So, yeah, I don’t know what to really tell you beyond that. But get ready for more tension between him and Amber and Eva.
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