Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke Joining Roles – Deadline

The BBC and Hulu have set up an cast Talk to friends, their second, long-awaited adaptation by Sally Rooney after slight success Normal people.

Favorite star Joe Alwyn and Girls actress Jemima Kirke will lead the series together Utopia Sasha Lane and newcomer Alison Oliver, who could be thrown into the spotlight in the same way they Normal people made stars of Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal.

Produced by Element Pictures, Talk to friends is a 12-part series that follows the story of two Dublin college students, Frances (Oliver) and Bobbi (Lane), and the unusual and unexpected relationship they form with a married couple, Melissa (Kirke) and Nick (Alwyn).

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Frances and Bobbi are inseparable ex-lovers that Melissa and Nick fascinate to the point that Nick and Frances begin an intense secret relationship. Soon the affair begins to test the relationship between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider his feelings for himself and his friendship.

Lenny Abrahamson – Oscar-nominated film director Room – was rejoined as principal director after his work on Normal people. Alice Birch, who was also involved in Normal people, is on board as a writer along with Mark O’Halloran (Rialto), Meadhbh McHugh (I’m looking for it), and Susan Soon He Stanton (Success).

Talk to friends executive producers are Ed Guiney, Emma Norton and Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures. Rooney and Lenny Abrahamson also serve as executive producers, along with Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. Catherine Magee is the producer of the series, and Jeanie Igoe is the producer. Endeavor Content manages international sales.

Production will begin this year in Dublin, Belfast and at international locations yet to be confirmed. The series is set to premiere in 2022 at American Hulu and BBC Three / BBC One in the UK.

Olivera is represented by Curtis Brown. Alwyna is represented by the CAA and the Independent Talent Group. Lena is represented by WME, Amy BonFleur from The Long Run and Andres Des Rochers. Kirke is represented by CAA and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

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