Phoebe Waller-Bridge Exits Donald Glover's 'Mr And Mrs Smith' Reboot

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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA - Getty Images
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Back in February, we were elated to learn that two of our most adored powerhouses in television were joining forces for a new series. The powerhouses in question? Phoebe-Waller Bridge and Donald Glover.

Seven months later, that excitement has come tumbling town with news that Waller-Bridge would no longer be joining Glover to act and write a rebooted series of Mr and Mrs Smith, the 2005 film starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Here's everything we know:


What do we know about Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Donald Glover's Mr and Mrs Smith reboot?

The news of the venture broke on February 12 explaining how the series will be a remake of the film and called Mr And Mrs Smith too, and will arrive on Amazon Prime Video's streaming platform in 2022.

Glover teased the announcement on his Instagram Stories, which have since expired however have been captured on Instagram with Waller-Bridge giving her most Mr and Mrs Smith-esque pose:

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Waller-Bridge and Glover were reported to both be creating, executive producing and starring in the series, likely to take on the two lead roles.

Waller-Bridge is best known for her one-woman, fourth-wall-breaking play turned Emmy-winning TV series Fleabag and for writing the debut series of another award-winning show, Killing Eve. She was also brought in to work on the script for the upcoming James Bond franchise, No Time To Die - which will be Daniel Craig's last in the title role.

Glover is equally as decorated when it comes to awards for his groundbreaking television comedy series, Atlanta for which he has received multiple Golden Globes, Emmys and Critics Choice awards. The actor also formed a partnership with Rihanna to make the exquisite Amazon Prime Video short Guava Island, starred opposite Beyoncé as Simba in the 2019 Lion King remake and is just as celebrated for his acting as he is for his musical alter ego Childish Gambino, for which he is a five-time Grammy winner.

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA - Getty Images

'Talk about the dream team! Donald and Phoebe are two of the most talented creators and performers in the world. It’s truly a dream for us, as it will be for our global audience, to have these two forces of nature collaborating as a powerhouse creative team,' head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke said in a statement. 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith is an iconic property, and we can’t wait to see how Donald, Phoebe and Francesca make it their own. We’re thrilled to be working with them, and with such great partners at New Regency.'

However, in September, it was reported that Waller-Bridge had exited the project...

Why did Phoebe Waller-Bridge exit the Mr and Mrs Smith spin-off series?

'Creative differences' between the Fleabag and Atlanta star, according to what is being reported. The Hollywood Reporter cited sources saying that Waller-Bridge had a 'different creative vision for the series that Donald Glover' - who reportedly came up with the concept and approached Waller-Bridge to join him.

Glover - aka Childish Gambino - is staying to write and star in the series, per the reports, and Amazon is now on the hunt for an actor to replace Waller-Bridge. The series is still expected to land in 2022 and writing is underway.

Are Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Donald Glover friends?

Yes! Both actors starred in the 2019 Star Wars spin-off, Solo: A Star Wars Story in which Glover portrayed the man himself, Hans Solo and Waller-Bridge the robot, L3-37.

According to THR, Waller-Bridge's decision to depart from Mr and Mrs Smith is 'amicable' and the pair remain friends.

Photo credit: Andreas Rentz - Getty Images
Photo credit: Andreas Rentz - Getty Images

In 2019, Glover presented the Fleabag creator with an award at the BAFTA Britannia awards, delivering a hilarious, depreciating speech to introduce his friend and colleague.

Recounting how they first met at a pre-Emmys party, Glover said they bonded over writing and their TV shows as well as how 'weird' they found industry parties.

'She was really charming and had an unpredictable air about her that I hadn't really experienced in anyone else and I was intrigued,' Glover said before admitting that later that night he went home and devoured the first season of Fleabag.

Accepting her award, Waller-Bridge repaid the favour saying she was inspired by Atlanta and had been a fan of Glover's for a long time.

'He's one of those people who creates electricity with anything he looks at or touches in the world in a way that so few can,' the British star told the audience.

What happened in the Mr and Mrs Smith film?

The 2005 action comedy cast Pitt and Jolie as a married couple who, unbeknown to each other, were both assassins. Their secret professions soon came to a head when their individual missions were ordered to be to take out their spouse.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

At the time, the movie - which also starred Vince Vaughn, Kerry Washington and Adam Brody - garnered mixed reviews. But the film made headlines across the world for a different reason: It was the movie that led to Pitt and Jolie forming a relationship (with Jolie admitting she 'fell in love' with Pitt on set), later having children and getting married.

Given that Pitt announced his separation from Jennifer Aniston a few months prior to the release of the film in January 2005, the whole thing turned into an extraordinary media saga, acutely summarised by the selling and buying of rather distasteful 'Team Aniston v Team Jolie' T-shirts. Jolie and Pitt always denied that any infidelity took place.

We will update this page with more updates on Mr and Mrs Smith when we know more.


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