Showtime picked up a new dark comedy that will star Kirsten Dunst. “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” will premiere in late August. The nine-episode, one hour series is described as being about the cult of free enterprise and one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American Dream.
A teaser accompanied Monday’s announcement.
In addition to Dunst, the series stars Théodore Pellerin (Genesis), Beth Ditto (Nocturnal Animals), Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth) and Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs). Created and executive produced by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky and produced by Sony’s TriStar Television, the series is also executive produced by Smokehouse Pictures’ George Clooney (Catch-22) and Grant Heslov (Catch-22), along with Dunst, Charlie McDowell (The One I Love), who also directed the pilot and Esta Spalding (MASTERS OF SEX), who also serves as showrunner.
Showtime is confident that audiences will find the subversive female empowerment story irresistible promising clever writing, inventive filmmaking, a strong, diverse ensemble and some alligators. more specifically, the series follows Krystal Stubbs, a water park employee who cons her way up the ranks of a cultish flag-waving multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme. It’s set in an Orlando-adjacent town in 1982. Additional casting includes Usman Ally (Veep), Julie Benz (DEXTER), Melissa De Sousa (Ladies of the Law), John Earl Jelks (True Detective), Sharon Lawrence (SHAMELESS), Josh Fadem (Better Call Saul), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Empire), Golden Globe and Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) and Academy Award® winner Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth). The series was acquired from YouTube.
The series debuts Sunday, August 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.