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Robert Downey Jr.’s HBO series ‘The Sympathizer’ shoots this summer

Robert Downey Jr.'s HBO Max series The Sympathizer, where he plays multiple roles, is set to begin shooting this summer.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Robert Downey Jr. presents the Hollywood Breakthrough Screenwriter Award onstage during the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 03, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for HFA)

Robert Downey Jr. hasn’t played a recurring role on television in the 20 years since he was unceremoniously fired from Ally McBeal during the height of his substance abuse issues, but he’s been keeping himself busy on the small screen nonetheless.

His production company were behind HBO Max’s acclaimed Perry Mason reboot and Netflix’s smash hit fantasy Sweet Tooth, but he’s preparing to tackle what could be his juiciest role in years for the former. RDJ will earn a reported $2 million per episode for literary adaptation The Sympathizer, which is being directed by Oldboy and Snowpiercer‘s Park Chan-wook.

Downey will play multiple characters in the series, including a California congressman, a CIA agent, a Hollywood movie director, and more, with the plot following a half-French, half-Vietnamese Communist spy during the war and his exile to the United States, in what’s designed as a cross between a cultural satire and a political thriller.

As per Murphy’s Multiverse, production is set to begin in June, which likely means we won’t be seeing The Sympathizer until at least the middle of 2023. Chan-wook and Downey Jr.’s names are all we need to get seriously hyped about this one, never mind the prospect of the former Iron Man pulling at least triple duty as a showcase for his undoubted talents.

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