Lies and Spies Promised in HBO Thriller ‘The Sympathizer,’ Starring Hoa Xuande and Sandra Oh

With a slew of announcements and unveilings during the Warner Bros. Discovery event, HBO released its first official teaser trailer for its upcoming original limited series, “The Sympathizer.” The trailer provides glimpses of the show’s lead characters played by Hoa Xuande, Sandra Oh, Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen and Robert Downey Jr.

“The Sympathizer” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Viet Thanh Nguyen. The novel centers on an anonymous narrator, a North Vietnamese mole in the South Vietnamese army, who stays embedded in a South Vietnamese community in exile in the United States. In the footage, Xuande will be playing the anonymous narrator from the novel and we catch a glimpse of the four characters Downey Jr. will be playing in the show.

Downey Jr. serves as an executive producer alongside co-showrunners Park Chan-wook and Don Mckellar. The book’s author Viet Thanh Nguyen is also on board to produce the series. “The Sympathizer” is a co-production between HBO, A24, and Rhombus Media.

“The Sympathizer” will be streaming under the rebranded “Max” sometime in 2024. To see the teaser trailer, watch below!