First “The Sympathizer” Trailer Reveals Robert Downey Jr.’s Twisty New HBO Series

HBO has revealed the official trailer for The Sympathizer, one of the most intriguing new series set to launch this year. The seven-episode limited series boasts a sensational cast and phenomenal source material—Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name—and the first trailer offers a taste of the globetrotting and subterfuge to come. It also bears the imprimatur of co-showrunner, executive producer, writer, and director Park Chan-wook, one of the best in the business.

The Sympathizer also boasts Robert Downey Jr. in multiple roles, fitting for an espionage thriller centered on the life of Hoa Xuande’s The Captain, a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and the new life he tries to kickstart in Los Angeles. It turns out that it’s hard to quit the spy industry, perhaps especially in the illusory world of Hollywood. The trailer takes us from Saigon in 1975, where The Captain is riding out the end of the war as a spy for the Viet Cong, to his recruitment by the CIA and his dash over the Pacific to Los Angeles, where The Captain’s loyalties are pitted against each other. He plays a dangerous game with dangerous people in a dangerous world. It’s juicy material for a cast and crew this talented to sink their teeth in.

Joining Downey Jr. and Xuande in the cast are Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Phanxine, Vy Le, Ky Duyen, Kieu Chinh, Duy Nguyen, Alan Trong, and Sandra Oh.

Check out the trailer below. The Sympathizer arrives on Max on April 14:

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Featured image: Robert Downey Jr., Hoa Xuande. Photograph by Hopper Stone/HBO


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