EXCLUSIVE: Ted Levine is set as the male lead opposite Kirsten Dunst inÂ On Becoming A God InÂ Central Florida, YouTube Premiumâ€™s a one-hour dark comedy series set in the 1990s. Also cast in the show,Â fromÂ George ClooneyÂ andÂ Grant Heslovâ€™s Smokehouse Pictures and Sonyâ€™sÂ TriStar Television, areÂ Mel Rodriguez (Getting On, The Last Man On Earth) and Beth Ditto,Â the lead singer of Gossip,Â who will be series regulars, and Usman Ally (Veep), who will recur.
On Becoming A God InÂ Central Florida,Â one of the passion projects for the late TriStar TV topper Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, was written by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky based on a spec script they wrote.Â Set near Orlando in the early 1990s, it centers on Krystal Gill (Dunst), a minimum-wage-earning water park employee who will eventually scheme her way up the ranks of the Founders American Merchandise, the cultish, flag waving, multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin.
Levine will play the charismatic leader of the pyramid-scheme who has cult-like status. Rodriguez will play the manager of the low-rent waterpark where Krystal works, Ditto plays his wife. Ally plays the waterparkâ€™s penny-pinching owner.
Funke, Lutsky, Dunst and Lanthimos executive produce alongside Esta Spalding, who will serve as showrunner, helmer Charlie McDowell), who will direct, and Oscar winners Clooney and HeslovÂ through Smokehouse. Sarah Shepard, who has been a big proponent of the project, oversees for Smokehouse.
Levine, who recently co-starred on TNTâ€™s The Alienist and in Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom,Â is repped byÂ Kass Management. Ally, whose credits also include Netflixâ€™s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, is repped byÂ Principal Entertainment LA and Gray Talent Group. Rodriguez is with UTA and Abrams Entertainment.