Irma Vep is a series about a series. The ultra-famous Mira (Alicia Vikander) has been cast by René Vidal (Vincent Macaigne) as Irma Vep in a remake of the film Les Vampires. Accustomed to Hollywood productions, the actor seizes the part as a golden opportunity to experiment with new creative outlets and forget her romantic disappointments. But as filming progresses, the actor is sucked dry by her own character.
If the story sounds familiar, that's because it is. Olivier Assayas told this tale in his 1996 film starring Maggie Cheung in the title role, along with Jean-Pierre Léaud and Nathalie Richard. The Irma Vep of 2022 deepens the narrative over the course of eight episodes.