The "Dawson's Creek" alum is set to star in a scripted series in which he'll play a fictional version of the DJ Diplo. The show, titled "What Would Diplo Do?" has been greenlit with an initial six-episode order, Variety has confirmed.
The projects marks Viceland's first-ever scripted series and first comedy for the Vice Media and A+E Networks cable network.
Aside from starring, Van Der Beek wrote the series and will serve as showrunner. He and Diplo will both executive produce, alongside the DJ's manager Kevin Kusatsu and music video director Brandon Dermer, who will direct the series. Viceland co-president Spike Jonze is shepherding the project.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Diplo attends Clayton Kershaw's 4th annual 'Ping Pong 4 Purpose Celebrity Tournament' at Dodger Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 07: Diplo of Major Lazer performs during the Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - JULY 31: Electronic music artist Diplo performs during the Hard Summer Music Festival 2016 at Auto Club Speedway on July 30, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 30: Major Lazer band members Diplo and Jillionaire look on after throwing out first pitches before the game between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mariners defeated the Cubs 4-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Diplo performs during 2016 Panorama NYC - Day 1 at Randall's Island on July 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/WireImage)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 29: Diplo performs in concert with Major Lazer on Day 2 of the 25th anniversary Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Diplo of Major Lazer performs during day two of Lollapalooza 2016 at Grant Park on July 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Brasted/FilmMagic)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 18: Diplo at Gold Room on June 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 21: Diplo attends Prive on May 21, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Diplo attends the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 29: Diplo performs at the grand opening of Intrigue nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on April 29, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Honoree Diplo poses with the Independent Publisher of the Year award onstage during the 2016 ASCAP Pop Awards at the Dolby Ballroom on April 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for ASCAP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Honoree Diplo attends the 2016 ASCAP Pop Awards at the Dolby Ballroom on April 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 24: Recording artist Diplo of Major Lazer performs onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 24, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Diplo performs during Major Lazer onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: DJs Diplo (L) and Jillionaire (R) perform onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Diplo poses in the press room at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Record producer Diplo of Jack U performs onstage during day 1 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
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"What Would Diplo Do?" is based on "A Day in the Life," an online concert promo for Diplo's Mad Decent Block Party, which featured Van Der Beek playing Diplo. The same team behind the Viceland series produced that digital short. (Watch the promo below.) Instead of actually playing Diplo, in the TV series, Van Der Beek will play a version of the DJ in a "collection of parables about life as told through the eyes of guy who can bring 60,000 people to their feet, but kind of sucks one-on-one," according to Deadline who first broke news of the project.
Diplo, born Thomas Wesley Pentz, is one of the most successful DJs today. In addition to his solo work, the Grammy-winner is part of the electronic duos Major Lazer and Jack Ü. He has worked with Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Usher, Ellie Goulding and more.
Van Der Beek has had a slew of starring TV roles in recent years, including "CSI: Cyber" on CBS, "Friends With Better Lives" on CBS and "Don't Trust The B— in Apartment 23" on ABC. The Diplo project marks his first major writing role and his first executive producer and showrunner credit. He is repped by Paradigm.
Diplo and Kusatsu are also repped by Paradigm, and are additionally handled by TMWRK. Dermer is repped by 3 Arts and UTA.
"What Would Diplo Do?" is set to premiere later this year.