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Kirsten Dunst has been a familiar face in the acting biz for over two decades now, and it was only in 2015 that she became a regular fixture on television in the second season of Noah Hawley's brilliant Fargo universe on FX. And here it is, before Season 3 of Fargo is even out, and Dunst has already signed on for another excellent sounding TV show, the hour-long dark comedy On Becoming a God in Central Florida, which landed at AMC. For more good news, It boasts George Clooney as a producer.
On Becoming a God in Central Florida will go a bit further back into the past than Fargo, and Kirsten Dunst will be a recently widowed and financially desperate woman who becomes determined to find her own version of the American Dream in the early 1990s. As Krystal Gill, Dunst will play an Orlando water park employee who throws caution to the wind by conning her way to the top ranks of the company Founders American Merchandise. Her motivations aren't solely villainous, as it's a pyramid scheme worth billions of dollars, and it also happens to be the reason why her live took a nosedive to begin with.
Kirsten Dunst will also take on executive producing duties for On Becoming a God, along with the aforementioned George Clooney and Grant Heslov, whose Smokehouse Pictures is teaming with AMC Studios and TriStar Television for the project. Another possibly recognizable name is Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, who has signed on to direct; Lanthimos is the exciting and unconventional mind most recently behind the surreal rom-comThe Lobster, and his career lends an interesting aesthetic vibe. According to Deadline, On Become a God was written as a spec script by newcomer Matt Lutsky and Robert Funke, whose only feature cred is for the upcoming anthology horror The Labyrinth with James Franco. (That lends its own strange vibe.)
Though Kirsten Dunst only has Fargo as a season-long TV gig, she hasn't exactly been a stranger to the small screen in her career. Early highlights include appearances on Sisters and Star Trek: The Next Generation (prior to her Interview with the Vampire breakout), and she had a memorable arc on ER in the mid-1990s to go with her made-for-TV movie streak. Before Fargo, she'd most recently appeared on Portlandia, while her big screen career has her currently in theaters in the acclaimed drama Hidden Figures, and she'll soon be seen in the paranoid drama Woodshock and in Sofia Coppola's upcoming drama The Beguiled.
As these are still the early days, On Becoming a God in Central Florida likely has a mid-sized timeline to make it through before anything can really start coming together, so it might be a bit before we know what will happen next. In the meantime, head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what your TVs will be populated with in the near future.