Kirsten Dunst chases the American Dream her way in the first trailer for Showtime’s upcoming dark comedy On Becoming a God in Central Florida. The series was announced just a few weeks ago, with a rundown of what the series entailed as well as a first look at the show’s cast, which includes Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgård, Sharon Lawrence, and Mary Steenburgen. The dark comedy is also the latest addition to the pay cabler’s growing library of original programming that will be coming in the next year to help reinvigorate a lineup that still counts Homeland and Shameless among its titles.
On Becoming a God in Central Florida looks to be more in line with some of Showtime’s more recent, edgier offerings, like the Don Cheadle-led Black Monday and the unusual tragicomedy Kidding from Michel Gondry and Jim Carrey. While those half-hour comedies are a far cry from the network’s hour-long programs, like Billions or the aforementioned shows, Showtime is set to enter the blockbuster arena with its TV series adaptation of the long-running video game franchise Halo, which will star former American Gods actor Pablo Schreiber in the role of Master Chief.
But before Master Chief and his soldiers do battle to save the Earth from outer space invaders, Showtime will offer something a little more down to earth, though from the look of the first trailer not too down to earth. Take a look at the first trailer, poster, and synopsis for On Becoming a God in Central Florida below:
“Set in a small Orlando-adjacent town in 1992, ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA follows Krystal Stubbs (Dunst), a minimum-wage water park employee who lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise (FAM) — the cultish, flag-waving, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her to ruin in the first place, run by the powerful Obie Garbeau II (Levine). Determined to make a better life for herself, Krystal dives deep into FAM and develops a tangled relationship with FAM’s most loyal and fanatical follower Cody (Pellerin), until her business begins to affect those closest to her, including Ernie (Rodriguez), her affable water park boss, and his FAM-skeptic wife Bets (Ditto). 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 certainly looks like it could be a winner for Showtime, especially considering it stars Dunst and Skarsgård. Both have been in big blockbuster franchises, but have won acclaim for their recent work on television, with Skarsgård taking home an Emmy and Golden Globe for Big Little Lies and Dunst being nominated for her performance in season 2 of FX’s Fargo. If the show turns out to be as good as the trailer suggests, perhaps both will be earning new nominations next year.
On Becoming a God in Central Florida premieres Sunday, August 25 @9pm on Showtime.