Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters), Maya Rudolph (SNL, Bridesmaids, The Maya Rudolph Show) and Haley Joel Osment (Entourage The Movie, Tusk) have signed on for IFC’s miniseries The Spoils Before Dying, the second round of Funny or Die’s storytelling from the Spoils franchise, set to premiere this summer. Wiig and Osment also appeared in the first installment, The Spoils Of Babylon, which aired on IFC last year and earned Wiig an Emmy nom for lead actress in a miniseries.
Michael Sheen (Masters Of Sex), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Steve Tom (Major Crimes) and Marc Evan Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) also are returning in new roles. New cast additions include Kate McKinnon (SNL, Ghostbusters), Tim Meadows (Marry Me, SNL), Chris Parnell (30 Rock, SNL), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl, We Are Friends), Andrew Daly (Review, Comedy Bang! Bang!), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash, Twin Peaks), Chin Han (Marco Polo), Jack Kilmer (Palo Alto), Patty Guggenheim (Casa de mi Padre) and Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall).
Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire, The Wire) was previously announced as Rock Banyon, a struggling jazz pianist at the center of the pulp-noir murder mystery. Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) also reprises his role as Eric Jonrosh, the literary auteur turned director who opens and closes each spellbinding episode of his latest lurid television adaption.
Set in 1962 during the height of the Los Angeles jazz scene, The Spoils Before Dying follows Rock (Williams) as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Rudolph) who is found dead in a car with another man. Panicked, Rock splits town for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores O’Dell (Wiig). Determined to prove his innocence and avoid the electric chair, Rock and Delores head back to the U.S. on a dangerous journey for the elusive truth. All the while, Rock’s hard-charging manager Alistair St. Barnaby (Osment) obliviously pressures Rock to record a mainstream jazz album.
The Spoils Before Dying is produced by Funny Or Die and executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont return as writers, with Piedmont also directing.