Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.’s Next Post-MCU Role Will Be His First TV Show Since Ally McBeal

For what will also be his first TV role as a legitimate co-lead from the start, Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly attached to star in the dramatic adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer, with HBO having now ordered it to series, according to Deadline. The novel, which won a Pulitzer Prize, is a satirical thriller of the espionage variety, taking place near the end of the Vietnam War and centering on a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy. No, this won’t be a Tropic Thunder situation with RDJ playing that role. (It’s not that satirical, though it is pretty meta.) On the contrary, the hunt is out for an actor to fill that part, as well as the rest of the largely Vietnamese cast, while Downey is playing someone else entirely.

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