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17th Feb 2021

Here’s the cast for Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends adaptation

The cast has been announced!

When it was announced that Sally Rooney’s novel Conversations with Friends was going to be adapted into a series fans (us included) were buzzing.

Today the cast has been revealed by Element Pictures and judging by the actors on board it’s looking like this will be just as captivating as Normal People. One of the best parts for us is the lead role has been given to an Irish actress!

A role in the adaptation could change the lives of some of the actors involved, it’s a big deal. Paul Mescal is now a household name – before he was a simple Irish actor and we all knew him as the lad from the Denny’s ad that said Ballyhaunis.

Here’s a look at the stars who will soon become very familiar faces when Conversations with Friends hits our screens.

Alison Oliver, from Cork who attended the Lir Academy like Mescal has landed the lead role as Frances. American actress Sasha Lane has landed the role of Bobbi, France’s on-off girlfriend. Sasha made a name for herself in Andrea Arnold’s American Honey.

Joe Alwyn will play Nick and Jemima Kirke, best known for her role in Girls and Sex Education, will play Melissa.

The series is described as a “unique series that is both a complex coming of age drama and a very modern love story.”

“Conversations with Friends follows Frances (Alison Oliver), a 21 year old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.”

Filming will take place this year in Dublin, Belfast and a few international locations. Lenny Abrahamson, the man responsible for directing the hugely successful Normal People is going to be producing and directing this adaptation as well.

He said: “I feel so excited to be collaborating with four such superb actors to bring Sally’s brilliant novel to the screen. Over the last few months it has been a privilege to work alongside Element Pictures and our extraordinary team of writers to get the scripts to a point where we all feel so excited to start shooting.”

“I’ll be joined by a world class crew (many of whom worked on Normal People) and supporting cast and I’m particularly happy to have Leanne Welham come on board. I’ve been an admirer of her work for a long time and I have no doubt she will bring great skill and subtlety to the episodes she directs.”

No release dates yet, but few can’t wait for this one!