Kirsten Dunst is a fake-tanned, neon-garb-wearing business woman in the trailer for Showtime’s “On Becoming a God in Central Florida.” And she just wants to “f—ing scream.”
The 10-episode series, which tells the story of “the cult of free enterprise and one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American Dream,” premieres Aug. 25 at 10/9c on Showtime. You can watch the trailer above, and check out the official poster below.
According to Showtime, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” is set in a small, Orlando-adjacent town in 1992, and “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).”
Théodore Pellerin (“Genesis”), Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”), Beth Ditto (“Nocturnal Animals”) and Ted Levine (“The Silence of the Lambs”) also star. Additional cast 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”), Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”) and Mary Steenburgen (“The Last Man on Earth”).
Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky are creators and executive producers, along with Smokehouse Pictures’ George Clooney 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”), is also the showrunner. Sony’s TriStar Television produces, and Sarah Shepard also serves as an executive producer.