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BBC and Hulu announce cast of ‘Conversations with Friends’ following success of ‘Normal People’

Sally Rooney’s literary work is small but very attractive. At 29 years old and with two novels behind him, the Irish author has established herself as one of the essential voices of the millennial generation. And after leaving his mark on paper, the leap to the small screen of his second book, « Normal People », became one of the television phenomena of 2020. So much so that the two promoters of that project, BBC and Hulu , they have not been slow to accelerate the adaptation of « Conversations with Friends ».

Jemima Kirke to play Melissa in ‘Conversations with Friends’

The series based on Rooney’s first novel had already received the green light from the Disney streaming platform and the English communication group, but Until now it had not been revealed who would make up its cast. As announced by the BBC through Twitter, the young cast will be headed by Jemima kirke (‘Girls’), Sasha lane (‘Utopia’), Joe Alwyn (‘A Christmas Carol’) and the debutante Alison oliver.

Throughout the twelve episodes that make up the series, the marriage of Melissa (Kirke) and Nick (Alwyn) will forge an unexpected connection with Dublin’s college girls Frances (Oliver) and bobbi (Lane), based mainly on the fascination of young women. The obsession between the two pairs escalates by leaps and bounds, until the four characters have to rethink the way they see life.

Repeating behind the scenes

Although in the cast we do not meet Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, the leading couple that caused a sensation in ‘Normal People’, ‘Conversations with Friends’ will feature two other essential members of the team from that previous project: the filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson, who will once again be the lead director, and screenwriter Alice Birch. As for the deadlines that the series will follow, its filming will take place in Ireland and other international locations this year, looking to release the final product in 2022.