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Jacob Elordi and Daisy Edgar-Jones are screen pals in this book adaptation

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The Normal People and Euphoria universes are merging. Well, kind of. Daisy Edgar-Jones has pinned down another lead role, this time in the upcoming adaptation of Shannon Pufahl's 2019 novel On Swift Horses, which sounds like a Taylor Swift album. Joining Edgar-Jones is Jacob Elordi, another actor who has used their breakout role (in this case as Nate Jacobs from Euphoria) to springboard into a wealth of other acting opportunities. So what is On Swift Horses about? All the details below.


If the film is to remain true to the book, On Swift Horses will revolve around two storylines; Muriel, a newly married and recently orphaned woman working in a dead-end job at a diner in San Diego, and Julius, the brother of Muriel's husband Lee, a Korean war veteran, a thief and someone Muriel has met but once. Besides family, what joins both of these 1950s worlds is gambling.

As Muriel pours coffee she eavesdrops on her patrons, the ex-jockeys and trainers of the Del Mar racetrack, and takes that knowledge to bet on the horses herself. It turns out she's good at it, yet rather than confide in Lee, Muriel turns to her brother-in-law. After all, Julius is stationed in Las Vegas patrolling the boards above the casino tables looking for cheats and swindlers. There he meets Henry, a blackjack artist, and the two strike up an affair.


Although no concrete details have been confirmed around casting, we suspect Edgar-Jones will play Muriel, while Elordi will sit in as Julius. British actor Will Poulter has signed on to, we imagine, play Lee. Meanwhile, Babylon actor Diego Calva is tapped to play Henry.

Between Elordi and Edgar-Jones, the two are involved in enough projects to ensure they remain on our screens for the next decade. Elordi has signed onto Emerald Fennell's film Saltburnis doing his best Elvis impression for Sofia Coppola's flick based on Priscilla Presley's memoir and is joining Australian legends Justin Kurzel and Shaun Grant to bring Richard Flanagan's Booker Prize-winning novel to life. Edgar-Jones on the other hand has somehow landed the lead role in a Carole King biopic, and previously worked alongside Sebastian Stan on FreshAndrew Garfield on Hulu's Under the Banner of Heaven series and starred in the screen adaptation of Delia Owens bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing.

Release date

Given that production for On Swift Horses has only just began, all other details like a release date and trailer are still unknown.

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