Kirsten Dunst will star in an original dark comedy for YouTube, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” that will be executive produced by George Clooney’s Smokehouse Productions.
The series, written by co-creators Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky, will premiere in 2019 on YouTube Premium (the rebranded name from YouTube Red). YouTube ordered 10 episodes.
The project was initially in development at AMC.
Dunst, who will also executive produce, will star as Krystal Gill, a recent widow and Orlando water park employee who schemes her way to the top of a pyramid scheme called Founders American Merchandise, which previously bankrupted her. The series will take place in the early 1990’s.
Clooney is producing along with Grant Heslov under their Smokehouse Pictures banner. The show is produced by TriStar Television, with Esta Spalding serving as showrunner and Charlie McDowell directing. Funke and Lutsky will serve as executive producers as well.
YouTube saw its first break out for its original series this year with “Cobra Kai,” the sequel series to the 1984 “Karate Kid.” Less than a week after its May 4 premiere, the video streaming company ordered a second season for next year. Since its debut, the first episode of the Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook Entertainment show has generated more than 20 million views.