As being reported, Robert Downey Jr. other than acting will also produce HBO’s adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer.
The Sympathizer is a spy thriller about a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy. He works in the closing days of the Vietnam War before getting deported to the United States.
The novel is a “blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping spy novel and a powerful story of love and friendship”.
Downey Jr. will play an “Orange County congressman, a CIA agent, and a Hollywood film director,” among other hostile characters.
This is going to be the 56-year-old actor’s first-ever TV project and also his first on-screen project since his final appearance as Tony Stark aka Iron Man in 2019’s Avenger: Endgame.
It will be directed by South Korean film director Park Chan-wook, best known for his films Joint Security Area, Thirst, and The Handmaiden.
Downey Jr. said in a statement: “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 combinations 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.”
Downey Jr. was last seen in the 2020 film Dolittle, which started production before Avengers: Endgame finished.