Spoof series “Documentary Now!” is hosted by an Oscar-winner (Helen Mirren), with another appearing in last seasons’s two-part finale (Faye Dunaway), and a third now joining the fold. Cate Blanchett will star in one of next year’s seven episodes — “Waiting for the Artist” — IFC announced Wednesday. The installment will parody 2012 Berlin International Film Festival audience award winner, “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.”
That film shares its name with the Serbian performance artist’s MoMA retrospective, in which she memorably locked eyes with each individual attendee, including Jay-Z (the encounter made its way into his “Picasso Baby” video). According to the IFC synopsis, Blanchett’s counterpart, Izabella Barta, “feels pressured to put on the show of her life” while rekindling her courtship with “an infamous provocateur of the art world,” Dimo Van Omen, played by Fred Armisen. “Waiting for the Artist” was filmed in Budapest this summer, and will debut around the time Blanchett’s upcoming Annapurna release, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” bows in theaters (March 22).
“Cate’s portrayal of an art-world superstar has her doing it all: performance art, comedy, and even her own stunts,” said acting IFC General Manager Blake Callaway. Blanchett, the former co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, is acquainted with Abramovic in real life: Abramovic was a guest at a 2013 Sony Pictures Classics luncheon celebrating the actress and the film that garnered her second Academy Award, “Blue Jasmine.”
“Documentary Now!” was created by Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas, who has directed every episode with Alex Buono. All are executive producers on the show, as is “Saturday Night Live” mastermind Lorne Michaels, and “Portlandia” veteran Andrew Singer. John Mulaney is a consulting producer. The first two seasons each earned Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Emmy nominations. A new episode has not aired since October 2016.
“Documentary Now” returns to IFC February 20.