Normal People: Everything We Know About the Hulu Series

Normal People, Sally Rooney’s breathtakingly tender coming-of-age novel, is getting the TV show it deserves.

Hulu and the BBC announced on May 30 that the award-winning book will be adapted into 12 half-hour episodes, with Room director Lenny Abrahamson helming the first six and Howards End director Hettie McDonald taking on the final six. Rooney and Abrahamson are also executive producers, and Rooney will write the show alongside Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe.

Newcomers Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal will portray Marianne and Connell, respectively; Edgar-Jones currently appears in HBO’s Gentleman Jack and the forthcoming War of the Worlds, while Normal People marks Mescal’s first TV role. Sarah Greene and Aislín McGuckin also star in undisclosed roles, according to the BBC. The show also cast Trinity College students as extras for the show, per Ireland’s University Times. The Dublin university plays a significant role in the book’s plot.

In a statement to Hulu, Rooney said, “As a longtime admirer of Lenny Abrahamson’s work, it’s a special privilege for me to be working alongside him on the adaptation of Normal People. I couldn’t be happier with the cast and team we’ve put together, and I’m very excited to watch them bringing new life to the story on screen.”

Normal People follows the complicated relationship between two small-town Ireland classmates—Marianne, a wealthy loner, and Connell, a popular boy whose mother works for Marianne’s family—as they explore themselves, each other, and how to move through the world as “normal people.”

The BBC also announced the beginning of filming on Instagram with a photo of the clapperboard from set. According to Mescal’s Instagram Stories, the show’s first block of filming end on July 30.

Normal People will premiere on Hulu in 2020. In the meantime, you can read Rooney’s equally addictive first novel, Conversations with Friends. Buy Now

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