As part of this year’s Dublin International Film Festival, a short film titled Drifting is set to premiere featuring the most recent burly king of Irish screens, Paul Mescal.
Directed by Robert Higgins, the 14-minute film will follow the story of two friends, Cian (played by Mescal) and Pat (played by Dafhyd Flynn) detailing their lives as they begin to drift apart. Mescals character Cian “is content to coast through a life of booze and casual hook-ups” says a synopsis, while Pat “has begun to grow weary of his surroundings”, causing the two to seek different realities to what they currently experience.
“Delighted to have ‘Drifting’ screening as part of this year’s @DublinFilmFest. Been a regular attendee of the festival for years so it’s great to be screening at it for the first time!” Higgins wrote via Twitter
Since Mescal's breakout role in the cult series adaptation of Normal People, the chain-wearing hunk has starred in The Deceived a music video for the Rolling Stones’ Scarlet, a bizarre Phoebe Bridgers’ music video directed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge titled Savior Complex, and is currently on our Australian soil filming a new adaptation of Carmen, a reimagining of one of the world’s most celebrated operas headed by Benjamin Millepied. He will not be stopping anytime soon, too, with last September's announcement that he will play alongside Olivia Colman (!!) and Dakota Johnson in an upcoming film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal entitled, The Lost Daughter, which will be an adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel of the same name.
We have no qualms with Mescals seemingly insatiable appetite to star in as many upcoming roles as possible, especially if it means watching him run around more football fields like a hot, sweaty buffoon. You can watch the trailer for Drifting, below.