Kristen Stewart‘s post-Twilight renaissance into arthouse queen was partly due to her collaborations with director Olivier Assayas, who cast her in lead roles in Personal Shopper and Clouds Of Sils Maria.
With Stewart’s name currently in the spotlight due to her role as Princess Diana in Spencer, the duo are teaming up once again – this time for Assayas’ televisual remake of his 1996 film, Irma Vep.
The series was previously announced with Alicia Vikander starring, and has already begun shooting in Paris. Stewart is on board for a currently unknown “small role.” The series is a co-production between A24 and HBO.
The original film centered on a real-life actress – Maggie Cheung, playing a fictionalised version of herself – cast in a remake of silent film classic Les Vampires, but the production is quickly ruined by egos and squabbles. It’s currently unclear how similar this series will be, but Vikander will not play herself, and instead a fictional American movie star disillusioned by her career.
Assayas has always been known for his meta, Bressonian films which always seem to have something interesting to say. His recent films include 2018 comedy Non-Fiction and 2019 Netflix drama Wasp Network. He previously co-wrote and directed 2010 limited series Carlos, but has otherwise mostly stayed away from the smaller screen.
Stewart is currently garnering critical acclaim for her role as Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain‘s Spencer, which could garner her a first Oscar nomination. She’s also got David Cronenberg‘s Crimes Of The Future currently in production. Irma Vep will be her first major TV role.