Everything we know so far about Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends

Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane and Jemima Kirke have been cast in the new TV adaptation and 'Normal People' follow-up.

by Douglas Greenwood
17 February 2021, 4:52pm

Who would have thought when we were knee-deep in lockdown 1.0, bingeing the fuck out of Normal People, we’d be in a similar predicament by the time its spiritual sequel came along? Not us — but here we are anyway! Today, BBC and Hulu have announced their first castings for the new television series Conversations With Friends, Sally Rooney’s lauded follow-up to the cult romance that eventually spawned sexy chains and a star in Paul Mescal

Like Normal People, Conversations With Friends is set in Dublin, and tells the story of Frances, a student, writer and spoken word performer, who, alongside her best friend-slash-ex girlfriend Bobbi winds up entering the lives of an affluent couple, Melissa and Nick, with an extravagant lifestyle compared to their own. But when the pair get deeper, and Frances and Nick grow closer, their strange four-way relationship spirals. 

Heading up the series as Frances is Alison Oliver, an actor who will make her television debut in the show. She’s joined by Sasha Lane of American Honey fame, playing her best friend Bobbi. As for the bougie couple? Melissa will be played by Girls star Jemima Kirke, and Nick by Joe Alwyn, who previously appeared in The Favourite

The show will start shooting in the summer in Dublin, Belfast and a series of unconfirmed international locations. Luckily, the star team behind the camera of Normal People will be returning to Conversations with Friends: Lenny Abrahamson as director and Alice Birch as the screenwriter. Expect hysteria when it finally arrives in late April 2022 on BBC Three and Hulu. Prizes for whoever can guess what will be the loaded sexual talisman a la The Chain of this one!

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