THE SYMPATHIZER: New Trailer for HBO’s Vietnam War-Era Spy Comedy

HBO has revealed a new trailer for The Sympathizer, their new spy comedy from Park Chan-wook and Robert Downey Jr.
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HBO is gearing up for the release of Park Chan-wook’s The Sympathizer, the adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. You might recognize it by now as the show where recently-minted Oscar winner Robert Downey Jr. will be playing multiple roles.

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With only a couple more weeks to go before it premieres on the network, a new trailer was revealed last week, giving us our best look yet at the scope and tone of the upcoming seven-part series. Check it out here:


The story of the show follows Hoa Xuande as The Captain, a Vietnamese spy who escapes to America after the fall of Saigon but continues to work there for the North Vietnamese regime. Though it’s not a full-fledged comedy, there is a tongue-in-cheek tone that makes it stand out as an out-of-the-box spy thriller.

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The Sympathizer will succeed the Kate Winslet-led The Regime in HBO’s Sunday night programming slot and will be followed, after wrapping at the end of May, by the second season of House of the Dragon.

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The series will start airing on April 14, and the episodes (released weekly) will be available immediately on Max.

About The Sympathizer

Release Date: April 14, 2024
Director and Co-Showrunner: Park Chan-wook
Episode Directors: Park Chan-wook (Episodes 1-3), Fernando Meirelles (Episode 4), Marc Munden (Episodes 5-7)
Writers: Park Chan-Wook, Don McKellar, Mark Richard, Naomi Iizuka, Maegan Houang, Anchuli Felicia King, and Tea Ho
Executive Producers: Park Chan-Wook, Don McKellar, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell, Niv Fichman, Kim Ly, Ron Schmidt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Jisun Back
Production: HBO, A24, Rhombus Media
Distribution: HBO
Cast: Hoa Xuande, Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Phanxine, Vy Le, Ky Duyen, Kieu Chinh, Duy Nguyen, Alan Trong, Sandra Oh, Robert Downey Jr.,

Synopsis: Based on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, The Sympathizer is an espionage thriller and cross-culture satire about the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and his new life as a refugee in Los Angeles, where he learns that his spying days aren’t over.

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