HBO Releases Trailer for Olivier Assayas’ Irma Vep Remake Starring Alicia Vikander

Creator, author, and director Olivier Assayas has remade his 1996 movie Irma Vep as a sequence for HBO. A newly launched trailer reveals Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander as Mira, an American actress who travels to France to play Irma Vep (an anagram for vampire) in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s silent movie Les Vampires. The sequence follows Mira as she turns into immersed within the character she’s portraying, blurring the traces between “artifice and authenticity,” and the difficulties that she encounters whereas engaged on the overseas movie.

The sequence additionally stars Vincent Macaigne as René Vidal, the troublesome to work with movie director. The solid contains Jeanne Balibar as Zoe, Mira’s ex-assistant and ex-girlfriend; Devon Ross as Mira’s present assistant Regina; Carrie Brownstein as Mira’s agent Zelda; Fala Chen as Cynthia Keng, Mira’s co-star; and Tom Sturridge as Eamonn, Mira’s ex-boyfriend.


The HBO sequence is produced alongside A24 and govt produced by Assayas, Vikander, Sylvie Barthet, Daniel Delume, Ravi Nandan, Hallie Sekoff, Kevin Turen, Stuart Manashil, Sam Levinson and Ashley Levinson.

The sequence, identical to its 1996 movie predecessor, will premiere this week at Cannes Film Festival earlier than its June 6 launch for HBO and HBO Max.

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Olivier Assayas and his Cult Classic Film Irma Vep

Assayas’ 1996 cult basic movie starred Maggie Cheung as an actress, named after herself, that takes on the function of Irma Vep for a manufacturing of Les Vampires. The director was performed by famend French actor Jean-Pierre Leaud (The 400 Blows). The movie, whose premise mirrors the sequence, acquired optimistic critiques from critics.

Besides exhibiting Maggie’s perspective as an outsider, the unique movie additionally tells the story of René Vidal. A once-respected movie director, Vidal now appears to be struggling as his final tasks usually are not gaining the success of his earlier movies. For the function Irma Vep, Vidal hires Maggie, an actress from Hong Kong who doesn’t converse French, towards the advisement of his colleagues.

Assayas made his characteristic movie debut in 1986 with Désordre, which was the recipient of the Critic’s Week Prize on the Venice Biennale. His different notable works embody Summer Hours, Demonlover, Clean, Paris, je t’aime, Non-Fiction, and, most lately, Netflix’s Wasp Network. He has received a number of awards for his work on Paris Awakens, Summer Hours, Carlos, Something within the Air, and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Irma Vep is basically thought of his greatest movie up to now. Assayas and Cheung married in 1998 and divorced in 2001, however collaborated once more in 2004 on the drama Clean.

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