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19th Mar 2024

Is Paul Mescal set to star in one of our favourite rom-coms?

Kat O'Connor

What we really need right now is a Paul Mescal rom-com

Paul Mescal has starred in some pretty heartwrenching movies and series since he became a household name after Normal People.

He is slowly but surely becoming one of the top actors in Hollywood, but there’s one genre we’re desperately waiting for him to tackle.

The rom-com.

Some people may turn their nose up at the genre and claim it isn’t important, but some of the most iconic cinema moments come from rom-coms.

The Katz’s Deli scene in When Harry Met Sally.

Julia Roberts’ iconic monologue in Notting Hill.

Heath Ledger singing in 10 Things I Hate About You.

Rom-coms are good for the soul and one featuring Paul Mescal is exactly what we need.

Rumours about his upcoming project started swirling after author Emily Henry posted a photo of the Irish actor and Ayo Edebiri on Instagram.

If you’re not familiar with Emily Henry then you need to read her work because she’s our modern-day Nora Ephron.

The American author has penned the most perfectly crafted rom-coms and has become one of my all-time favourite writers.

She is the woman behind Happy Place, Book Lovers, Beach Read, and You and Me On Vacation.

Is this the rom-com role Paul Mescal will finally accept?

And it looks like Mescal is being eyed for a leading role in one of the film adaptations.

Nothing has been confirmed just yet but the Aftersun producers are tied to the film adaptation of the best-selling novel.

The bookish world is alight with rumours and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they’re true.

If you’ve not yet read Book Lovers then you need to get your hands on a copy. The enemies-to-lovers rom-com is one of Henry’s strongest novels and one that belongs on the big screen.

If Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri are set to star as Charlie and Nora then we’re in for a treat.

The Irish actor has previously expressed an interest in starring in a rom-com with Ayo Edebiri.

“I’m going to set myself a challenge to do maybe a rom-com with Ayo [Edebiri].”

You can check out the Book Lovers synopsis below:

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.