Two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. and acclaimed South Korean director Park Chan-wook are teaming with HBO and A24 on a sequence adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer.
The celebrated ebook is described as a satirical espionage thriller concerning the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy throughout the last days of the Vietnam Struggle and his ensuing exile in the US. A worldwide search is at present underway for the lead function and the remainder of the largely Vietnamese ensemble.
Deadline broke the information, reporting that Downey Jr. will play a number of supporting roles, all of whom characterize a distinct arm of the American institution. These adversarial characters embody an up-and-coming Congressman from California, a CIA agent, and a Hollywood film director, amongst others.
Oldboy filmmaker Park Chan-wook will direct the sequence and function co-showrunner alongside
Don McKellar. The 2 of them can even government produce The Sympathizer together with Downey Jr. and his Crew Downey companions Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell, in addition to Niv Fichman of Rhombus Media and Kim Ly.
“Adapting Mr. Nguyen’s necessary and masterful work requires a visionary workforce. With Director Park on the helm, I count on this to be a inventive producing journey for Susan, me and Crew Downey, and a stimulating course of for myself in enjoying these complicated supporting roles. A24 and HBO are the right mixture of companions and co-parents… It’s precisely the kind of problem I’ve been craving, and I imagine we are going to ship an distinctive viewing expertise to our viewers," Downey Jr. advised Deadline.
The Sympathizer might be a co-production between HBO, A24 and Rhombus Media produced in affiliation with Cinetic Media and Park Chan-wook's Moho Movie. Crew Downey lately produced the HBO sequence Perry Mason, which has been picked up for a second season, whereas A24 produces the HBO sequence Euphoria and is creating the community's remake of Olivier Assayas' Irma Vep, which can star Alicia Vikander. Crew Downey lately re-upped its first-look deal at HBO, the place it's producing a sequence adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel Sphere. The corporate can also be creating an adaptation of Samantha Downing’s forthcoming novel For Your Personal Good for HBO Max.
Apart from Dolittle, this new drama sequence will mark Downey Jr.'s first main appearing gig since hanging up Tony Stark's Iron Man swimsuit, and he's desperate to remind audiences of his vary as an actor outdoors of the MCU, having earned Oscar nominations 16 years aside for Chaplin and Tropic Thunder.
Crew Downey can also be creating an Apple TV+ sequence a few Canadian detective with author Adam Perlman. I'm trying ahead to each that sequence and The Sympathizer, which feels like an incredible showcase for Downey Jr., although the venture will finally rely upon HBO and A24 discovering the best actor to play the title character. It gained't be straightforward, however there are many Vietnamese and half-Vietnamese actors on the market who’re simply ready to be found. To them, I say good luck and godspeed! This has the potential to be a star-making function and I can't wait to see who HBO and A24 choose.
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