One of the biggest books of 2019 was Sally Rooney's sophomore novel Normal People, which tells the story of two young Irish students with lots of emotional baggage who get each other. It was released in the summer of 2018, and has been adapted for TV in record time.
Under Hulu and the BBC, Normal People will be released as a 12-episode series this spring. The first full trailer is out today, revealing Daisy Edgar-Jones' Marianne and Paul Mescal's Connell. It's hard to tell from the clip if the show will nab the astute interiority and 21st century specificity that made the book so special. Thus far, it looks very pretty and very horny, teasing lots of sexy encounters in softly lit rooms and on grey Irish beaches. The forecast also includes good sweaters and bad bangs.
Normal People will be both lead actors' first major production, though Edgar Jones previously acted in Cold Feet, War of the Worlds and Gentleman Jack. Mescal is best known for his theater work, and has only one other TV credit, the Irish series Bump.
Rooney will adapt her novel, alongside Alice Birch and Mark O'Rowe. Directing are Hettie MacDonald (Doctor Who) and Lenny Abrahamson (Room) while Ed Guiney (The Favourite, The Lobster, Room) produces.
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