‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Ex Machina’ star heads new HBO series

HBO is remaking the 1996 film Irma Vep into a limited series.

The series will be written and directed by Olivier Assayas, the film’s original director, and will star and be executive produced by Alicia Vikande ( Tomb Raider, Ex Machina, Jason Bourne).

“I have been a long-time admirer of Olivier and his work,” said Vikander. “I am very excited for us to work together and to be a part of the expanded universe of his superb cult classic, Irma Vep. There are a lot of brilliant people coming together and I am delighted to be partnering with HBO and A24 on this special project.”

HBO describes the series as: “An American movie star disillusioned by her career and a recent breakup, who comes to France to star as “Irma Vep” in a remake of the French silent film classic, “Les Vampires.” Set against the backdrop of a lurid crime thriller, Mira struggles as the distinctions between herself and the character she plays begin to blur and merge. Irma Vep reveals to us the uncertain ground that lies at the border of fiction and reality, artifice and authenticity, art and life.”

The original film had the same core plot but was more of a commentary on the French film industry. It starred  Maggie Cheung as herself.

HBO has no release date for the series.

Top Photo: Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider (2018). Courtesy: Warner Brothers.

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