With Avengers: Endgame, Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. has secured his first movie since leaving his Tony Stark/Iron Man role. The actor will appear in the HBO drama series “The Sympathizer,” based on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Park Chan-wook, the filmmaker of Oldboy, will not only serve as co-showrunner with Don McKellar, but will also direct the series.
According to Deadline, “The novel is an espionage thriller and cross-culture satire about 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. A worldwide search is underway for the lead role and the rest of the predominantly Vietnamese ensemble.”
Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Amanda Burrell, as well as Park Chan-wook, Don McKellar, and Niv Fichman through Rhombus Media and Kim Ly, will executive produce for Team Downey. HBO, A24, and Rhombus Media are producing the series in collaboration with Cinetic Media and Moho Film.