Cate Blanchett to guest star on Documentary Now! as a performance artist


Cate Blanchett will soon be hitting the small screen in an episode of IFC’s Documentary Now!

The show, which parodies famous documentaries like The Thin Blue Line and Jiro Dreams of Sushi, will feature Blanchett in the upcoming episode “Waiting for the Artist.”

The episode is a send-up of the 2012 documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.

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Blanchett will guest star as a performance artist in the style of Abromovic named Izabella Barta. The episode mimics the basic plot of the real documentary with Barta, a renowned performance artist preparing for a major exhibit.

Meanwhile, Barta will also be working on her relationship with Dimo Van Omen (Fred Armisen), an art world provocateur and Barta’s former lover.

The episode was already shot earlier this summer. It was made on location in Budapest, Hungary.

Of the news of Blanchett’s involvement in the episode, Blake Callaway, acting IFC General Manager said,

"On the heels of two Emmy nominations and tremendous second quarter growth, IFC now has a two-time Oscar winner in an episode of Documentary Now! Cate’s portrayal of an art world superstar has her doing it all: performance art, comedy, and even her own stunts."

Blanchett acts primarily in films and was last seen in this summer’s Ocean’s 8.

While she is known for her numerous award-calibre roles, she has also starred in popcorn fare like Thor: Ragnarok. Given her status as one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses, appearing in Documentary Now! was likely a fun change of pace for her.

Created by SNL vets Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Documentary Now! has attracted many other famous guest stars.

Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Maya Rudolph, and many more have all made appearances on the show. Meanwhile, Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren hosts each episode.

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The third season of the series will begin its seven-episode run on IFC on February 20, 2019, at 10 p.m. ET.

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Source: Deadline