Josh O'Connor and Paul Mescal to star in new WWI love story

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The Crown's Josh O'Connor and Normal People's Paul Mescal will play lovers in Oliver Hermanus' adaptation of award-winning short story, The History of Sound.

Set during the First World War, the story follows two young men Lionel (Mescal) and David (O’Connor), who set out to record the lives, voices and music of their countrymen.

The official synopsis for the film reads: "In this snatched, short-lived moment in their young lives, and while discovering the epic sweep of the US, both men are deeply changed."

The film is a universal love story based on the Pushcart Prize-winning book by American author Ben Shattuck, who will write the screenplay.

Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

"I instantly fell in love with Ben Shattuck’s flawlessly beautiful short story and knew I had to be involved in its journey to the screen," said Hermanus. "Paul and Josh are two of the most promising actors of their generation who will share with us deeply soulful performances. This is an unexpected love story that needs to be told — it is a journey through the life of America, across the 20th century and the traditions of American folk music, all seen through the bond between two men immersed in the history of sound. This undeniably powerful story will certainly resonate with audiences the world over."

Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

Producer Andrew Kortschak added: "Working with Oliver, Ben, Paul and Josh is an immense privilege. We are all struck by Ben’s beautiful and resonant short story, exploring love, loss and memory. We are beyond excited to adapt this story for the screen with this incredible team."

O'Connor, who recently won an Emmy for his portrayal of Prince Charles in season 4 The Crown, will feature next in Frank Berry’s Aisha alongside Letitia Wright, Kate Winslet and Jude Law.

Meanwhile Mescal, who won a BAFTA for his role in Sally Rooney's Normal People, will star in Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut The Lost Daughter, an adaptation of Elena Ferrante's novel.

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