- Film & TV
- 17 Feb 21
Production on 'Conversations With Friends' will begin this year in Dublin, Belfast, and unconfirmed international locations.
The Favourite star Joe Alwyn and Girls actress Jemima Kirke will star in the series alongside Utopia’s Sasha Lane and the Lír Academy's Alison Oliver, who could be propelled into the spotlight in the same way that Normal People propelled Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal to fame.
Oliver is a Cork-raised alumna of the Lir Academy, where Paul Mescal also trained in theatre.
Produced by Element Pictures, Conversations With Friends is a 12-part series following the story of two Dublin college students, Frances (Oliver) and Bobbi (Lane), and the strange and unexpected connection they forge with married couple, Melissa (Kirke) and Nick (Alwyn).
Frances and Bobbi are inseparable former lovers who become fascinated by Melissa and Nick to the point that Nick and Frances embark on an intense secret affair. Soon the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self and her friendship.
“I feel so excited to be collaborating with four such superb actors to bring Sally’s brilliant novel to the screen,” Abrahamson said of the project.
“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.”
Alice Birch, who was also involved in Normal People, is on board as a writer alongside Mark O’Halloran (Rialto), Meadhbh McHugh (Asking For It), and Susan Soon He Stanton (Succession).
Sally Rooney and Lenny Abrahamson also serve as executive producers, alongside Tommy Bulfin for the BBC.
The series is scheduled to premiere in 2022 on Hulu in the US and BBC Three/BBC One in the UK.
Meet the cast of Conversations with Friends. Based on the award-winning debut novel by Sally Rooney, #ConversationswithFriends is coming soon to @hulu and @bbcthree!
- Alison Oliver as "Frances"
- Sasha Lane as "Bobbi"
- Joe Alwyn as "Nick"
- Jemima Kirke as "Melissa" pic.twitter.com/jra2GxmfSz
— Conversations with Friends (@ConvosOnHulu) February 17, 2021