The new HBO series by Emmy nominee Olivier Assayas has announced eight new cast members. Irma Vep is a thriller that follows a disillusioned actress who goes to France to star in a remake of the French film Les Vampires. However, she starts losing herself during filming as the similarities between her character and herself start to intertwine and baffle her.
Joining previously announced star and Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander are eight new cast members: Vincent Macaigne (The Innocents), Jeanne Balibar (2019’s Les Miserables), Lars Eidinger (High Life), Vincent Lacoste (Sorry Angel), Hippolyte Girardot (The French Dispatch), Alex Descas (The Limits of Control), Nora Hamzawi (Non-Fiction), and Antoine Reinartz (BPM – Beats Per Minute) have all been officially announced as part of the upcoming series.
The new cast members play… cast and crewmembers of the French remake, and if it sounds confusing this is exactly the kind of blurred line director and screenwriter Assayas likes to explore, such as he did in his internationally acclaimed film Clouds of Sils Maria. And the lines get even more blurred: the project is a sort of remake of the 1996 Asayas film Irma Vep, which starred Maggie Cheung as a version of herself.
Also joining the cast but with a reportedly “small role” is former Twilight Saga star Kristen Stewart, who is teaming up once again with Assayas after starring in two of his films. The actor was announced shortly after a slate of five actors that included Adria Arjona (6 Underground), Jerrod Carmichael (Transformers: The Last Knight), Carrie Brownstein (Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot), Fala Chen (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), and Devon Ross (The Mermaid’s Daughter), which makes Irma Vep officially a star-studded series with a surprisingly diverse cast.
HBO has yet to announce a release date for Irma Vep.
It's the 'Tomb Raider' star's second new TV series in as many months.
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