James Van Der Beek to play Diplo (again) in new comedy series for Viceland
Onetime Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek played Diplo an a funny online video promoting last year's Mad Decent Block Party tour where he spent a heavily fictionalized day in life of the Superstar DJ. If you missed that, or want to watch again, you can do so below.
You can also look forward to seeing more of Dawson as Diplo as the Mad Decent video is now being turned into the first scripted series for the Viceland network, which has the working title of What Would Diplo Do?. Van Der Beek will be the showrunner as well be a producer alongside Diplo. Spike Jonze, who is Viceland's Co-President, is shepherding the progam. More from Deadline:
“I’ve enjoyed deconstructing my own image quite a bit over the years, but to have the chance to do it with a global megastar like Diplo who’s letting us to do something fun and ridiculous that few people have the balls to allow is crazy,” Van Der Beek said. “To get to work with this creative team within a Vicdland aesthetic is fun on a whole new level.” In addition to his collaborators on the series, Van Der Beek credits the top showrunners that he had worked with as an actor for showing him the ropes as he makes his debut as a series creator and showrunner. He is currently in the writers room for WWDD, with casting on the series set to begin shortly for a February production start.
“When James was in the office a few weeks ago, he told me the story lines he had sketched out, they were, of course, funny; one even got me emotional which made it that much more funny. This idea has gotten inside James which makes me really excited to see what he makes and happy to have it on our channel,” Jonze said.
The series is set to premiere later in 2017