Whether you loved it or loathed it, last year's literary blockbuster is set to be taking over our screens in 2020.
Looking back at the summer of 2018, one event is likely to outshine the rest. Nope, not the World Cup (though we did all get caught up in “it’s coming home” fever) but the release of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. The simple tale of first love and dingy school uniforms became a chart juggernaut, tapping into a generation’s feelings of nostalgia for the all-consuming emotional intensity of adolescence. On the tube, in the hairdressers, at the local cafe, the blue hardback was inescapable wherever you went.
Capitalising on the book’s success, Hulu and BBC snapped up rights and promptly set about adapting it into a 12 part series due to grace our screens in 2020. A first look at the series has now been released via Vanity Fair. Protagonists Marianne and Connell will be played by Daisy Edgar-Jones (who you might have clocked in Cold Feet) and Paul Mescal respectively. Directorial duties were undertaken by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald and, to the delight of diehard fans, Rooney co-wrote each episode.
Check out more images from the series via Paul Mescal’s Instagram below.
1 November 2019