James Van Der Beek Plays Diplo in Hilarious First Trailer for Mockumentary Series 'What Would Diplo Do?'


James Van Der Beek
is taking on a whole new kind of role in Viceland's new mockumentary series about famed EDM producer Diplo.

The CSI: Cyber star plays the real-life DJ in the hilarious new comedy, which asks the question: What Would Diplo Do?

If this first trailer is any indication, it seems like a person's best bet is to do the opposite of whatever Diplo might do.

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Following the misadventures of a fictionalized caricature of Diplo, What Would Diplo Do? documents the 38-year-old musician's day-to-day life as a world famous sound artist, who also happens to be incredibly dumb.

From trying to get "a new sound" by throwing a broken violin in a blender, to getting caught in a hotel hallways completely naked, to fighting sword-wielding ninjas at a concert for some reason, it looks like What Would Diplo Do? might be the kind of tongue-in-cheek, genre-bending series comedy and music fans alike could really embrace.

The idea for the scripted series came from a short comedy video Diplo shot last year called "Day In the Life of Diplo," where Van Der Beek made his first appearance as the DJ, and also fought ninjas.

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ET caught up with Van Der Beek on the set of the new series, where he opened up about playing the EDM superstar.

"I've played a lot with my own image, and did a lot of self-parody, and had a lot of fun doing it," said the 40-year-old star, who famously played a cartoonish version of himself on the ABC sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. "So to be able to take that global music superstar wad of clay and play with that has been a lot of fun."

Check out the video below to hear more from the former Dawson's Creek star on his new series, which premieres Aug. 3 on Viceland.

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