James Van Der Beek Will Play Diplo in Viceland's First Scripted Show

'Day In the Life of Diplo'
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'Day In the Life of Diplo'

Ever wonder who would play you in a biographical series about your life? Diplo doesn't have to wonder anymore, because James Van Der Beek is all set to play him in a scripted television show. It will be the first series of its kind on Viceland, a joint venture between Vice Media and A+E Networks.

The cable channel picked up What Would Diplo Do? for six episodes, the premise being based on a short that depicts “A Day in the Life” of the Major Lazer producer, also starring Van Der Beek.

The show was created by Kevin Kusatsu, co-founder of Diplo's management firm TMWRK, and Ben Weiss, who oversees creation and distribution for Paradigm Talent Agency, helped land the deal with Vice. The series was written by Van Der Beek and directed by Brandon Dermer, who has previously done music videos for artists including Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Panic! At The Disco, and Every Time I Die. Dermer, Kusatsu, Diplo, and Van Der Beek are the program's executive producers.

The short, also directed by Dermer, will serve as the show's pilot. Check it out below to get a feel for What Would Diplo Do?, slated to premiere later in 2017.


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