Donald Glover Reveals Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Replacement For Their Reboot Series

By Dan Lawrence | 2 months ago

Donald Glover

Mr & Mrs Smith has cast its new Mrs Smith. The upcoming Amazon reboot series starring Donald Glover has been without a female lead for some time now. However, that has all changed, as The Hollywood Reporter states that Donald Glover has named Pen15 star Maya Erskine to star alongside him in the upcoming Mr & Mrs Smith Amazon series.

phoebe waller-bridge, mr. and mrs. smith
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

News of a Mr & Mrs Smith tv series came to pass just over a year ago when Donald Glover announced on Instagram that he and his Solo: A Star Wars Story co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be taking on both the title roles and co-creative duties. Donald Glover was then left looking for a new co-star when Phoebe Waller-Bridge stood down from her starring role due to ‘creative differences.’ Now, Maya Erskine takes Waller-Bridge’s place and the Atlanta actor couldn’t be happier to be working with his new co-star, as he said in a piece with Interview Magazine: “Yeah. She’s dope. It’s exciting. I really love the show. I’m writing the finale now.”

Maya Erskine
Maya Erskine

Donald Glover seems to be moving full steam ahead with Mr & Mrs Smith and is clearly delighted with the casting of Maya Erskine, but what of his relationship with Phoebe Waller-Bridge? On that note, Glover also spoke to Interview Magazine, when asked if the pair are still friends, he said: “I still like her. I assume she still likes me.” 

Glover will likely find comfort in the fact that Waller-Bridge is still attached to Mr & Mrs Smith as a co-creator and executive producer. Her replacement in the lead role Maya Erskine has a similar skill set to Waller-Bridge. Whereas Phoebe Waller-Bridge shot to fame when she created and starred in Fleabag, Erskine is best known for her starring role in the comedy Pen15. Erskine also serves as a co-creator behind Pen15, in which both her and Anna Konkle star as middle-school versions of themselves. The show ran for two seasons, with the second attaining a mightily impressive 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. In other words, Donald Glover has certainly met his comedy match. Which is just as well given the nature of Mr & Mrs Smith. The upcoming Amazon series serves as a reboot of the 2005 film of the same name starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The premise of the story is a seemingly ordinary suburban couple discovers that they are both secret agents assigned with taking out the other.

Mr & Mrs Smith is just one collaboration between Donald Glover and Amazon, Glover signed an overall eight-figure deal with the studio last year. Joining Glover in bringing this project to life is his former Atlanta collaborator Francesca Sloane, who serves as a co-creator and executive producer. New Regency’s Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer are also on board the project as executive producers. Maya Erskine’s casting in the project is just another exciting streaming role for the Pen15 star. Erskine will be seen soon on the Disney Plus series Obi-Wan Kenobi, which makes its bow on May 27. As for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, she has a starring role in the next Indiana Jones movie. To conclude, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Maya Erskine & Donald Glover all have exciting times ahead.