We’ve seen him play a dude playing a dude, disguised as another dude, but now it looks like the former Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., is going to try on multiple hats at once for the upcoming HBO show The Sympathiser, which will be helmed by Oldboy director Park Chan-wook.
Deadline got word down the wire that RDJ will be producing and appearing as a supporting star in the adaptation of Thanh Nguyen’s novel of the same name. The Pulitzer-price winning yarn is a cross-culture satire about a half-French half-Vietnamese communist spy and his activity during the last days of the Vietnam War. Currently, there’s no confirmed name attached to the lead role, but Downey will be giving the lead all the support they need by playing more than one role.
The site reveals that he’ll be playing up-and-coming Orange County Congressman, a CIA agent and a Hollywood film director and a bunch more in the limited series. A search is currently on for the lead with as well as other Vietnamese supporting talent. Sharing his thoughts on the impending project Downey said…
“Adapting Mr. Nguyen’s important and masterful work requires a visionary team. 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.”
While this is a change of pace to see Downey on the small screen, it’s not completely new to him. Earlier this year saw the debut of his co-produced Perry Mason series starring Matthew Rhys (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood). While it did cause a stir, there’s a high chance that with the added input of Park Chan-wook, RDJ’s next TV could be a hit. Expect more casting news as this develops.