Mescal will star alongside Melissa Barrera (of 'Vida') who will play the lead as Carmen, and will replace Jamie Dornan who was previously in talks of securing the role. Buckle in, because according to Variety, The movie will start shooting on January 18 in Australia for seven weeks with Goalpost Pictures producing the film locally. Meaning that yes, Mescal himself will be in the land down under. Gird your loins!
The adaptation has been penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris Jr (“Birdman”), alongside Millepied and Loic Barrère. This will be the first ever feature debut of Millepied, who was a former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, responsible for choreographing Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.”
“I’m honored to have been cast alongside Melissa, an actor I greatly admire and it’s an incredible privilege to be working with Benjamin on his first feature, who has put together such an impressive creative team,” said the Emmy-nominated Mescal. Lead actress Barrera adittionally said, “Benjamin’s unique style and creative vision to reimagine this classic we all know and love hooked me from day one,” With Millepied stating, “Melissa is so intelligent and intuitive, both as an actor and as a mover,” and “Paul has so much nuance and consideration in his work,” while Rossy “brings so much idiosyncrasy and humanity to each of her roles.”, Variety reports.
The 'Normal People' star doesn't seem to have slowed down since making his debut on the hit television series, adapted from Sally Rooneys bestselling book. Mescal has since become Irish hot property, and while we wait for the second season and another dose of the heady, sweaty, teen heartbreak and hedonism of 'Normal People', we'll gladly be tuning into any and all of his upcoming projects. Stay tuned for a trailer.
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