Olivier Assayas directs a mini-series remake of his own film

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Assaya’s 1996 film followed Cheung, an action movie star who arrives in Paris to play the role of Irma Vep (an anagram of vampire!), in director René Vidal’s volatile remake (Jean-Pierre Léaud ) from “The Vampires”. What makes the original electrifying is Cheung’s perspective as the situation unfolds, morphing into a critique of the 90s French film industry while providing a whirlwind, trippy escape. into something special.

In the Assaya remake, Vikander plays Mira, an American movie star who is looking for the next best thing in her career. Playing the role of Irma Vep for Vidal’s film, Mira must consider the director’s obsessive need to control every element on set (resulting in fights with cast and crew) and her inner landscape as a person who shelters a “stranger”. ” perspective.

Like the original, the new “Irma Vep” will premiere as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival before its release on the streaming service. The series is being produced with the help of A24, and Assayas had expressed his feelings about the revamped project in a 2020 interview (via Collider):

“I am extremely grateful to Alicia, A24 and HBO for giving me the incredible opportunity to explore and expand ‘Irma Vep’ into a series format. This is a comedy that will attempt to capture the air of the time in the same way that the original ‘Irma Vep’ did, in a very different world, a very different time, which currently feels light years away.”

Besides Vikander, the HBO limited series also stars Vincent Macaigne, Jeanne Balibar, Devon Ross, Carrie Brownstein, and Fala Chen. Other actors include Lars Eidinger, Vincent Lacoste, Nora Hamzawi, Adria Arjona, Byron Bowers, Hippolyte Girardot, Alex Descas and Antoine Reinartz.

Additionally, “Irma Vep” is executive produced by Assayas, Vikander, Sylvie Barthet, Daniel Delume, Ravi Nandan, Hallie Sekoff, Kevin Turen, Stuart Manashil, Sam Levinson, and Ashley Levinson.

“Irma Vep” premieres June 6, 2022 on HBO and HBO Max.

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