When you’ve made more money than you know what to do with and become an iconic film star that will forever be a legend to generations of film fans, you’ve earned the right to pick and choose your projects. And for Robert Downey, Jr, that’s exactly what he’s doing, as he’s revealed what is his first major post-Marvel Studios project, the upcoming HBO series, “The Sympathizer.”
According to Deadline, Robert Downey, Jr. is set to co-star and produce a new series, “The Sympathizer” for HBO and A24. And if that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, the series is set to be directed by none other than Park Chan-wook.
“The Sympathizer” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name from author Viet Thanh Nguyen. The story follows a half-French/half-Vietnamese man who serves as a communist spy during the Vietnam War and is subsequently exiled to the United States. Obviously, Downey is set to play a supporting character, as the search is currently underway for the lead actor for the series.
“Adapting Mr. Nguyen’s important and masterful work requires a visionary team,” said Downey. “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.”
As mentioned, “The Sympathizer” is set to be directed by Park Chan-wook, who is one of the best directors working today. In addition to his most famous film, “Oldboy,” the filmmaker also directed “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” “The Handmaiden,” “Thirst,” and “Stoker.” Most recently, he directed the TV series, “The Little Drummer Girl.”
No release date has been set for “The Sympathizer,” but clearly, this is going to be one of the most anticipated TV series of the next couple of years.