Donald Glover’s new movie will stream for free on Amazon for 18 hours

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

Donald Glover can be called many things: actor, comedian, musician, writer, director, producer and, as he’s proven most recently, a passionate workaholic. Between working on movies like SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and THE LION KING, his hit show ATLANTA and on new music the Renaissance man found time to make a secret movie in Cuba last year, and after premiering it at Coachella ahead of his headlining set the movie will be made available to watch on Amazon for free for 18 hours.


Wednesday night Amazon and Glover took to social media to release a surprise teaser for his upcoming movie, GUAVA ISLAND, starring himself and fellow musician/actor Rihanna and Letitia Wright (BLACK PANTHER), along with news that it would debut in front of a crowd at the massive music festival the next day. Though many of us were not among the sea of sweaty concertgoers, Amazon will be making the 54-minute movie available for free on their Prime service for 18 hours, starting this Saturday, April 13, at 12:01 AM (PST).

Here’s a brief teaser:


Per a report from Vanity Fair, the making the movie took place during a one-month gap Glover had between SOLO promotional duties and going on tour, teaming up with New Regency (THE REVENANT, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY) to film the movie in secret in Havana, Cuba. Said to be inspired by Prince’s PURPLE RAIN and Fernando Meirelles’s CITY OF GOD, the music-driven film was written by Glover’s brother Stephen and directed by Hiro Murai, who has worked with Glover in the past, directing episodes of ATLANTA and the jaw-dropping music video for Glover’s “This is America.” While also showing on Prime, viewers can also access it on Amazon-owned Twitch at 5 P.M. P.T. on Saturday, and at the same time on Coachella’s YouTube Channel.

Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke spoke about picking up GUAVA ISLAND for streaming after seeing nothing but a four-minute sizzle reel from the movie via a one-time link that expired after 30-minutes. Of course, by "expired", I meant "self-destruct".

“I would have committed to Donald sight unseen. I knew whatever he wanted to amplify would have relevance and be entertaining. He has that ability to create cultural moments and spread a message that’s interesting.”

Tune in on Amazon Prime, Twitch or YouTube to watch GUAVA ISLAND on Saturday, April 13. 

Source: Vanity Fair

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