Maya Rudolph Joins IFC’s ‘Spoils Before Dying’
She joins Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire) who will play Rock Banyon, a struggling jazz pianist at the center of this pulp-noir murder mystery and Will Ferrell (Get Hard), who will reprise his role as Eric Jonrosh, an author-turned-director who introduces each chapter of his book-to-screen adaptions.
The Spoils Before Dying is set in Los Angeles’ 1962 jazz scene, where it follows Rock (Michael K. Williams) “as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Maya 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 (Kristen 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 (Haley Joel Osment) obliviously pressures Rock to record a mainstream jazz album.”
Wiig and Osment appeared in the first installment of the Spoils franchise, which aired on IFC last year and earned Wiig an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries.
Also returning in new roles are Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Steve Tom (Major Crimes) and Marc Evan Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
New cast additions include Kate McKinnon (SNL), Tim Meadows (Marry Me), Chris Parnell (30 Rock), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), Andrew Daly (Review), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash), Chin Han (Marco Polo), Jack Kilmer (Palo Alto), Patty Guggenheim (Casa de mi Padre) and Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall).
“We couldn’t have asked for a more talented cast to usher in the sophomore season of this miniseries,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president. “We’re also thrilled to have so many of last year’s Spoils cast members returning for Jonrosh’s latest adaption, particularly Kristen Wiig who received an Emmy™ nomination for her hilariously epic performance.”
The Spoils Before Dying is produced by Funny Or Die and executive produced by Ferrell along with Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont return as writers, with Piedmont also directing.
Currently in production, the miniseries will make its television debut this summer on IFC. Check out a teaser below.