Alicia Vikander To Star As Irma Vep For HBO

A limited series adaptation of the 1996 cult French comedy Irma Vep has been picked up by HBO along with original writer and director Olivier Assayas, and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) attached to star.

The series follows Mira (Alicia Vikander), an American movie star disillusioned by her career and a recent breakup, who arrives in France to star as Irma Vep in a remake of silent film classic Les Vampires. But soon the distinction between herself and the character Mira plays begins to blur.

Alicia Vikander said: “I have been a long-time admirer of Olivier and his work. 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 on this special project.”

Olivier Assayas added: “I am immensely grateful to Alicia and HBO for giving me the incredible opportunity to explore and expand Irma Vep in a series format. This is a comedy that will try and catch the zeitgeist the same way the original Irma Vep did, in a very different world, a very different era, that right now feels light years away.”

Irma Vep will premiere on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max.