Sally Rooney’s Normal People is coming to BBC and Connell and Marianne have been cast
Written by Emma Nolan

Production for the screen adaptation of the critically acclaimed Sally Rooney novel Normal People has started in Ireland.

BBC Three and Hulu team up for the 12-part drama which will see the international literary phenomenon transformed for television.

Two up-and-coming your actors will take on the lead roles of Connell and Marianne and Lenny Abrahamson will be on directing duties along with Hettie McDonald.

Daisy Edgar-Jones of War Of The Worlds fame will star as Marianne and Paul Mescal will portray Connell in what will be his first television role.

Make sure you have the tissues to hand for this one as Normal People is an ‘exquisite and compulsive modern love story about how two people can profoundly impact each others’ lives’.

And if the book is anything to go by, this will be a beautiful but heart-wrenching watch.

Filming will take place in Dublin, Sligo and Italy.

Speaking about her novel being made into a series, author Rooney said she feels privileged to be working alongside Lenny Abrahamson.

‘I couldn’t be happier with the cast and team we’ve put together, and I’m very excited to watch them bringing new life to the story on screen,’ she said.

Normal People tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell from the end of their school days in small-town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College in Dublin.

Connell is popular in school while Marianne is an introverted outsider and his mother is a cleaner in Marianne’s affluent but troubled family home.

When they both attend Trinity, Connell becomes the outsider and Marianne finds her stride.

The BBC calls the story ‘honest, smart and intoxicating’.

‘Normal People sees the pair weave in and out of each other’s lives and explores just how complicated intimacy and young love can be.’

Joining the cast are Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders, Rosie) and Aislín McGuckin (Outlander, The Nephew) alongside some of the most exciting young acting talent in the UK and Ireland.