Spoils Of Babylon is shaping up to be the TV series to look out for next year. From Funny Or Die creators, the mini-series parody has been picked up by the IFC network and is set to start shooting this weekend. Today, the full line up for the cast has been revealed and it’s a corker!
The six-part show will be based on the best-selling book by author Eric Jonrosh (ahem, that’s Ferrell.) Joining Ferrell will be Kristen Wiig, Jessica Alba, Tobey Maguire, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Robbins and Michael Sheen. That’s quite the eclectic cast and as ever it’s always brilliant to see actors from outside the comedy genre joining the ranks of seasoned funny men and women.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“The Spoils of Babylon, a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business. The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms. Cynthia and Devon’s unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia’s evil son Winston (Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a mercurial potboiler. Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two U.S. Army generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.”
Who can argue with a premise like that?
Spoils Of Babylon will land sometime in 2014.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly