EXCLUSIVE: Marc Munden (Utopia) and Fernando Meireilles (The Two Popes) have been tapped to direct episodes of The Sympathizer, a drama sequence adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, produced by and co-starring Robert Downey Jr. The HBO/A24 sequence additionally has added three new forged members, Duy Nguyen, Kayli Tran and VyVy Nguyen.
The Sympathizer is an espionage thriller and cross-culture satire concerning the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy throughout the last days of the Vietnam Conflict and his ensuing exile in the USA.
Described as a “blistering exploration of id and America, a gripping spy novel and a strong story of affection and friendship,” the novel is hailed as a brand new traditional of battle fiction and has been in comparison with the works of Kafka, Orwell, and le Carré.
Munden will direct episodes 5,6, and seven and Meirelles will direct episode 4.
Duy Nguyen will play Man, the Captain’s buddy and spy handler. His magnetism and mind draw the Captain into working for the Communist trigger.
Kayli Tran portrays The Communist Spy, a decided lady who’s prepared to place all the pieces on the road for the trigger, however when she finds herself in enemy fingers, her dedication is examined.
VyVy Nguyen performs The Main’s Spouse, a seemingly candy lady whose fierce devotion to her husband and nation results in dire ramifications.
They be part of Downey Jr., who is about to play a number of supporting roles as the primary antagonists, all of whom characterize a unique arm of the American institution. Major forged additionally consists of Sandra Oh, Kieu Chinh, Ky Duyen, Hoa Xuande , Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Vy Le and Alan Trong.
The sequence is at the moment in manufacturing, with filming in Los Angeles and Thailand.
Oldboy director Park Chan-wook is on board as co-showrunner, together with Don McKellar, and likewise will direct the sequence. Park and McKellar may even exec produce together with Downey, Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell for Staff Downey. Niv Fichman may even exec produce by means of Rhombus Media as will Kim Ly. Ron Schmidt, Viet Thanh Nguyen additionally government produce together with Jisun Again for Moho Movie. The sequence is a co-production between HBO, A24 and Rhombus Media in affiliation with Cinetic Media and Moho Movie.
Munden is a three-time BAFTA winner and eight-time nominee. His credit embody Channel 4’s Utopia, Assist and HBO’s The Third Day. Munden is repped by WME Company and Impartial Expertise Group.
Meirelles obtained a Greatest Director Academy Award nomination for his famend movie Metropolis of God. He most just lately directed The Two Popes, which earned Academy Award, Golden Globes and British Movie Academy nominations. Meirelles is repped by LBI Leisure.
Duy Nguyen is repped by Martinez Inventive Administration. Kayli Tran is repped by GVA Expertise Company and Zero Gravity Administration. VyVy Nguyen is repped by A3 and Crimson Media.