Some Familiar Faces Have Been Cast In 'Conversations With Friends' TV Series

Olivia Blair
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If, like us, you spent last May watching the critically acclaimed Normal People, witnessing the sizzling chemistry between lead actors Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones, the wise words of Lorraine and, of course, Connell's chain, then we have good news for you.

Sally Rooney, the novel's author who co-wrote the show - and arguably is heavily responsible for why the book's loyal readers were largely thrilled with the TV adaptation - also agreed for her debut novel Conversations with Friends to be made into a series.

The news was first announced in February 2020, before Normal People aired and the subsequent hype over the series took off, and now a year later the cast of the adaptation has been announced.

Here's everything you need to know about the adaptation:

Here's what we know:

What Is Conversations With Friends about?

Like Normal People, the book is set in Dublin - where Rooney attended university at Trinity College - and also chronicles the complex relationships of young Irish people.

The central characters are two women, Frances and Bobbi, who are best friends and used to be in a relationship with each other. They now perform spoken word together in the evening and catch the attention of a journalist Melissa and her husband Nick, an actor.

Frances and Bobbi soon forge an unexpected connection with Melissa and Nick and 'enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex ménage-à-quatre... But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time,' according to Faber and Faber - the book's publisher.

Who will star in Conversations With Friends?

On February 17, the main four characters were announced and you'll certainly recognise some of them...

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Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images

Frances and Bobbi will be portrayed by emerging actor Alison Oliver (who attended the same drama school as Paul Mescal) and Sasha Lane - who you might recognised from films like American Honey and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, respectively.

Melissa will be played by Girls star Jemima Kirke, who is also joining the cast of Sex Education for season three.

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Photo credit: MPI67/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Melissa's partner Nick has found its actor in Joe Alwyn, who you'll know from The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots, and if you're fans of Taylor Swift, will know is her long-term boyfriend and the inspiration (and co-songwriter) behind several of her tracks.

Behind the scenes, the crew is essentially the same team behind Normal People with Rooney signed on, Lenny Abrahmson (who directed Normal People and was Oscar nominated for his film Room, which Brie Larson won the Best Actress gong for in 2016) as lead director.

In a statement about the adaptation, Rooney said she was 'confident we're going to find fresh and interesting ways of dramatising the novel's dynamics' and that she was 'excited to watch the process take shape‎'.

During lockdown, the team are working on the upcoming series with executive producer Ed Guiney telling The Hollywood Reporter in 2020: 'Obviously [it] is a cousin of Normal People in a way, but it's also quite different. We're actively developing that... and that's very exciting and a lovely thing to be working on during the lockdown.'

When is the Conversations With Friends release date?

The show is being produced for BBC Three so will air on the broadcaster's iPlayer.

As filming hasn't yet started- it's due to start this year in Dublin, Belfast and other international locations - the release date is a while off, but keep checking back here for updates...

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