After a recent flirtation with YouTube, creators and executive producers Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky‘s On Becoming a God in Central Florida has found a new home at Showtime starting Sunday, August 25. The nine-episode series stars Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Kirsten Dunst (Fargo) in a darkly comedic story about the cult of free enterprise and one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American Dream. Joining Dunst on the series are Théodore Pellerin (Genesis), Beth Ditto (Nocturnal Animals), Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth), and Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs). Charlie McDowell (The One I Love) directed the pilot, while Esta Spalding (Masters of Sex) serves as showrunner.
“We were immediately drawn to this stylish and subversive female empowerment story starring Kirsten Dunst as you’ve never seen her before. Throw in clever writing, inventive filmmaking, a strong, diverse ensemble and some alligators, and we’re confident Showtime audiences will find ‘On Becoming a God’ irresistible!”
– Gary Levine, Co-President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
Here’s a look at the official teaser and overview for Showtime’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida:
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).
Showtime’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida also stars 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), Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies), and Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth).
Produced by Sony’s TriStar Television, On Becoming a God in Central Florida is executive produced by Funke and Lutsky, alongside Smokehouse Pictures’ George Clooney (Catch-22) and Grant Heslov (Catch-22), Dunst, McDowell, and Spalding. Showtime’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida premieres Sunday, August 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.