Saturday, July 24, 2021

Robert Downey Jr. to Star in THE SYMPATHIZER TV Series on HBO

Robert Downey Jr. to Star in THE SYMPATHIZER TV Series on HBO
MCU alum Robert Downey Jr. is set to star in and produce the upcoming HBO/A24 espionage thriller series "The Sympathizer", based on Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name that has been described as a "blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping spy novel and a powerful story of love and friendship".

The story follows the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and his resulting exile in the United States. The lead role has yet to be cast, and a worldwide search is underway for the predominantly Vietnamese ensemble. Filming is set to take place in Los Angeles and in Vietnam.

"Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook is on board as co-showrunner alongside Don McKellar ("Sensitive Skin", "Last Night"). Robert Downey Jr. will play several supporting roles as the main antagonists: an up-and-coming Orange County congressman, a CIA agent and a Hollywood film director, among others, all of whom represent a different arm of the American establishment.

Here is what the actor had to say about the project:
"Adapting Mr. Nguyen’s important and masterful work requires a visionary team. With director Park at the helm, I expect this to be a creative producing adventure for Susan, me and Team Downey and a stimulating process for myself in playing these complex supporting roles. A24 and HBO are the perfect combination of partners and co-parents. … It’s exactly the type of challenge I’ve been craving, and I believe we will deliver an exceptional viewing experience to our audience."
HBO and A24 previously worked together on the on the Emmy-winning series "Euphoria", and Olivier Assayas' remake of his own "Irma Vep" starring Alicia Vikander.

Downey and his producing partners also worked with HBO on "Perry Mason", and re-upped their overall deal following the success of that show.


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