Robert Downey Jr in the adaptation of ‘The Sympathizer’

Robert Downey Jr in the adaptation of 'The Sympathizer'

After bidding goodbye to his most loved character Tony Stark aka Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr is all set to be part of another new project. Downey will co-star as well as produce an upcoming HBO drama series.

The drama series is based on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ‘The Sympathizer’. Park Chan-wook will serve as co-showrunner with Don McKellar. Downey, via his Team Downey company, is also an executive producer. Downey will play multiple supporting roles and a search is currently underway for the lead actor (the cast will be predominantly Vietnamese). It centres on an unnamed captain in the South Vietnamese army who’s secretly a communist and spy for the Viet Cong. He leaves Saigon for Southern California in 1975, where he becomes enmeshed in the exile community and serves as a cultural adviser to an American film about the war. He’s later recruited to return to Vietnam for a raid on the communists.

Filming is set to take place in Los Angeles and in Vietnam. The series is a co-production between HBO, A24 and Rhombus Media, produced in association with Cinetic Media and Moho Film.

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