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IFC’s ‘The Spoils of Babylon’: Watch the Insane First Trailer Starring Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire

We’ll be honest, we had no idea what to make of Will Ferrell‘s upcoming IFC miniseries ‘The Spoils of Babylon,’ crafting a fake soap-opera-esque narrative around such incredible star power as Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba and Ferrell himself, among others. Now, the first star-studded trailer for the project has emerged, and if anything, we’re even more confused.

Sporting all manner of different hairstyles and period clothing, the full ‘The Spoils of Babylon’ trailer (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly) also features Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer and Tim Robbins, all hamming it up in the most delicious way possible. Set to premiere in early 2014, a summation of the six-part series is best given by IFC itself:

The Spoils of Babylon, a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business.

The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms. Cynthia and Devon’s unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia’s evil son Winston (Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a mercurial potboiler.

Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two U.S. Army generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.

SNL”s Andrew Steele co-wrote the script with Matt Piedmont (‘Casa de mi Padre’) who also directs. FunnyOrDie’s Ferrell and Adam McKay will act as executive producers. “The whole show is ridiculous and I mean that in the best way,” says Kristen Wiig of the effort. “The things this family goes through, the murder and the lies and the affairs, is so absurd and bizarre and written so well.”

See for yourself in the first ‘The Spoils of Babylon’ trailer in the video above, and give us your take on the absurd new series in the comments!

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