‘Irma Vep’: 5 things to know about the HBO miniseries


“Irma Vep” is an upcoming HBO miniseries – a remake of Olivier Assayas’ cult 1996 film of the same name. The eight-episode series will show the uncertain terrain that lies on the border between fiction and reality. , artifice and authenticity, art and life.

Similar to the film, the series examines the challenges of filmmaking and the many absurd aspects of stardom. Assayas’ original film starred Maggie Cheung as herself and functioned as a commentary on the state of French cinema at the time. Oscar winner Alicia Vikander stars in the HBO miniseries, and she will also serve as one of the executive producers. Here’s what we know about the show so far.


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When is ‘Irma Vep’ coming out and where can you watch it?

‘Irma Vep’ premieres Monday, June 6, 9/8c, on HBO.

What is ‘Irma Vep’?

The limited miniseries is about Mira, an American movie star who has been disappointed with her career and a recent breakup. She comes to France to play the role of “Irma Vep” in a remake of the French silent film classic “Les Vampires”. Against the backdrop of a grim crime thriller, Mira struggles as the distinctions between herself and the character she plays begin to blur and coalesce.

Who plays in “Irma Vep”?

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander stars as Mira in ‘Irma Vep’. She is an Oscar-winning Swedish actress whose most popular films include ‘Testament of Youth’ (2014), ‘Ex Machina’ (2014) and ‘The Danish Girl’ (2015). She is married to actor Michael Fassbender and the couple have a son, born in 2021.

Alicia Vikander in “Irma Vep” (HBO)

Other actors include Vincent Macaigne, Jeanne Balibar, Lars Eidinger, Vincent Lacoste, Hippolyte Girardot, Alex Descas, Nora Hamzawi and Antoine Reinartz.

Who are the showrunners?

The HBO mini-series is based on the Olivier Assayas film of the same title. The mini-series is also written and directed by Olivier Assayas. Assayas and Vikander produce with Sylvie Barthet, Daniel Delume, Ravi Nandan, Hallie Sekoff, Kevin Turen, Stuart Manashil, Sam Levinson and Ashley Levinson.



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