Amazon Prime released a very creepy teaser trailer for their upcoming series “Swarm.” The show is co-created by Donald Glover and Janine Nabers who previously teamed up on the series “Atlanta.”
“Swarm” stars Dominique Fishback as Dre, a young woman whose obsession with a Beyoncé-esque pop star takes a dark turn. In the teaser trailer, we see Fishback in several disjointed scenes one, in particular, features her mopping up a lot of blood. This is all backed by a voice asking over and over again “Who is your favorite artist?”
The series will also star Chloe x Halle singer Chloe Bailey (“Jane”) as Dre’s sister, Marissa, with Damson Idris (“Snowfall”) as Dre’s boyfriend. Other cast members include Leon (“City on a Hill”) and Rory Culkin (“Under the Banner of Heaven”).
Glover described “Swarm” as a “post-truth Piano Teacher mixed with The King of Comedy.” “We were really interested in creating an antihero story,” Nabers added. The pair say they took inspiration from TV antiheroes, like “Mad Men”’s Don Draper and “The Sopranos”’ Tony Soprano. They want Dre to be an antihero “through the lens of a Black, modern-day woman.”
Nabers serves as showrunner for “Swarm,” with Glover directing the pilot. Stephen Glover, Fam Udeorji, Steven Prinz, and Michael Schaefer are executive producers. With Fishback acting as a producer as well as starring. Malia Obama, daughter of former US president Barack Obama, will be cutting her teeth in the writer’s room.
“Dre and Marissa are in their 20s and Malia is in her 20s, so it was really great having someone like her in the room,” Nabers says. “She’s a very professional person. She’s an incredible writer and artist. We really wanted to give her the opportunity to get her feet wet in TV and see if this is something she wants to continue doing.” Honestly, the notion of having 20-year olds written by other 20 year olds is pretty refreshing.
“Swarm” will make its world premiere at the upcoming SXSW festival. It releases on Amazon’s Prime Video March 17th, 2023. Check out the unnerving teaser trailer below: