What Is Normal People About?
The novel, Rooney's second following her debut Conversations With Friends, details the complicated relationship between Irish high-schoolers Marianne and Connell. Marianne comes for a rich, but troubled, family and tends to keep to herself. Meanwhile, Connell is the popular kid at school, and his mother cleans Marianne's family home. Their uneasy bond later changes, and so do their circumstances when they both attend the same university a year later, with their roles reversing. The novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018 and recently won Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.
The new series is being directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie McDonald.
Who Has Been Cast?
So far, protagonists Marianne and Connell have been cast. Daisy Edgar-Jones will play Marianne and Paul Mescal, in his television debut, will play Connell.
After being cast, Mescal tweeted he was a "Very excited boy". Edgar-Jones also shared the news on her Instagram: "So excited to be playing Marianne in Normal People with the brilliant @paul.mescal!!"
Will Sally Rooney Be Involved In The Production?
The author herself adapted the book for the screen, along with Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe. “As a longtime admirer of Lenny Abrahamson’s work, it’s a special privilege for me to be working alongside him on the adaptation of Normal People," Rooney said in a statement."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." Rooney will also serve as an executive producer.
When Will The Series Premiere?
The series will premiere in April, 2020.
If you are yet to read the book, we suggest you do it ASAP.
Watch the trailer for Normal People below: