'Irma Vep': 5 things you need to know about HBO miniseries

The eight-episode series will show the uncertain ground that lies at the border of fiction and reality, artifice and authenticity, art and life


                            'Irma Vep': 5 things you need to know about HBO miniseries
A promotional picture from 'Irma Vep' (HBO)
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'Irma Vep' is an upcoming HBO miniseries - a remake of Olivier Assayas's 1996 cult film of the same name. The eight-episode series will show the uncertain ground that lies at the border of fiction and reality, artifice and authenticity, art and life.

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Similar to the film, the series examines the challenges of film-making and the many absurd aspects of fame. Assayas’ original film starred Maggie Cheung as herself and functioned as commentary on the state of French cinema at the time. Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander plays the main role in the HBO miniseries, and she will also serve as one of the executive producers. Here's what we know about the show so far.

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When does 'Irma Vep' release and where can you watch it?

'Irma Vep' premieres on Monday, June 6, 9/8c, on HBO.

What is 'Irma Vep'  all about?

The limited miniseries is about Mira, an American movie star who has been disillusioned by her career and a recent breakup. She 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.

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Who stars in 'Irma Vep'?

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander plays the role of Mira in 'Irma Vep'. She is an Academy Award-winning Swedish actress whose most popular movies include 'Testament of Youth' (2014), 'Ex Machina' (2014), and 'The Danish Girl' (2015). She is married to actor Michael Fassbender and the couple has a son, who was born in 2021.

Alicia Vikander in 'Irma Vep' (HBO)

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Other cast members include Vincent Macaigne, Jeanne Balibar, Lars Eidinger, Vincent Lacoste, Hippolyte Girardot, Alex Descas, Nora Hamzawi and Antoine Reinartz.

Who are the showrunners?

The HBO miniseries is based on the film of the same title by Olivier Assayas. The miniseries is also written and directed by Olivier Assayas. Assayas and Vikander executive produce with Sylvie Barthet, Daniel Delume, Ravi Nandan, Hallie Sekoff, Kevin Turen, Stuart Manashil, Sam Levinson, and Ashley Levinson.

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