Alicia Vikander stars in Irma Vep, a new television remake of the 1996 film industry satire
Irma Vep, a new television adaptation of the 1996 film of the same name, comes to Sky and NOW TV on Tuesday 2 August.
The series, starring Alicia Vikander, is a film industry satire that follows an actor through the production of a questionable reboot of a classic film.
Here’s everything you need to know about Irma Vep.
What is Irma Vep about?
The official synopsis for Irma Vep explains: “Irma Vep centers around Mira, an American film star disillusioned with her career and a recent breakup who comes to France to act [the character] Irma Vep in a television series adaptation of the French silent film series Les vampires.
“Set against the backdrop of a lurid crime thriller, Mira struggles as the differences between her and the character she plays begin to blur and blend.”
Is Les Vampires a real movie?
Yes it is! Les Vampires (1915) is a classic of French cinema. At 7 hours it is also one of the longest films in history.
Who plays in Irma Vep?
Alicia Vikander plays Mira, the increasingly disaffected actress who plays Irma Vep. Vikander is best known for films such as Ex Machina and Tomb Raider, as well as appearances in The Green Knight, Jason Bourne and The Man from UNCLE
Vincent Macaigne plays René, the director of the Les Vampires reboot. Macaigne previously starred in News from Planet Mars, Agnus Dei and La Loi de la Jungle.
They are joined by Tom Sturridge (The Sandman), Kristen Stewart (Spencer), Adria Arjona (Good Omens), Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) and Vivian Wu (Station 19), among others.
Who writes and directs Irma Vep?
Olivier Assayas (who wrote and directed the 1996 film) is writing and directing all eight episodes of the new television series Irma Vep.
Assayas is best known for the films Cold Water and Personal Shopper and has worked with Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart on numerous occasions.
Is there a trailer for Irma Vep?
Yes there is! You can watch it right here.
When and how can I see Irma Vep?
All eight episodes of Irma Vep can be seen on Sky and NOW TV from Tuesday 2 August.
How many episodes does Irma Vep have?
There are eight episodes of the TV series Irma Vep, each about an hour long.
Where can I watch the 1996 film adaptation of Irma Vep?
A subtitled version of Irma Vep (1996) is available to stream for free on the BFI Player websitealbeit with a subscription to the service.
Les Vampires can be found on the streaming service Criterion Channel (or alternatively on YouTube).
Why should I see Irma Vep?
It’s a must-see if you watched and enjoyed the 1996 film, if you’re an Alicia Vikander fan, or if you think you’d enjoy a satirical comedy about television productions.