Vanity Fair reported that Swarm is centered around a young woman named Dre, played by Fishback. Dre is a diehard fan of a fictional popstar and the series shows the extent to which her fandom consumes her, even taking her to some “dark, unexpected places.”
Bailey takes on the role of Dre’s sister named Marissa and Idris plays her boyfriend. “A lot of people did it out of the kindness of their hearts and they did a really great job,” Childish Gambino said of the actors. “Dom, Damson, Chloe. I was really blown away at how hard they worked on the tone, ’cause it’s a strange one.”
Swarm‘s co-creator Janine Nabers characterized the show as a “sister to Atlanta” as it lives within “the same tonal space” as the Emmy-winning series. That is a result of the team behind the series being the same as those who helped conceive Atlanta.
Malia Obama, the daughter of former United States President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, works behind-the-scenes in Swarm as a writer. “She’s just like, an amazingly talented person,” Glover said about Malia. “She’s really focused, and she’s working really hard. I feel like she’s just somebody who’s gonna have really good things coming soon. Her writing style is great.”
The new series is set to debut on Amazon Prime Video on March 17.