Normal People star Paul Mescal and Fleabag’s Andrew Scott are set to star in the new LGBTQ+ film Strangers.
Loosely based on the 1987 novel of the same name, the forthcoming feature follows London-based screenwriter Andrew, who begins a passionate romantic relationship with his mysterious neighbour Harry.
As the two develop a deeper connection, Andrew finds himself drawn to his childhood home – where he discovers his deceased parents alive and the same age “as the day they died over 30 years ago.”
According to a report from Variety, Scott and Mescal will be playing Andrew and Harry, respectively.
The Crown’s Claire Foy and Rocketman star Jamie Bell have signed on to portray Andrew’s surprisingly youthful parents.
Openly gay filmmaker Andrew Haigh is set to write and direct the film, with Searchlight Pictures, Film4, and Blueprint Pictures attached as producers.
Shortly after the news was announced, fans flocked to Twitter to express their excitement over the upcoming film.
One user wrote: “Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal playing as lovers????? OH I’M GONNA GO FERAL.”
Another fan tweeted: “Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal in an Andrew Haigh film!!! I need 2-3 business days to process how iconically gay that is.”
Fortunately for fans, Strangers isn’t the only LGBTQ+ film in which Mescal will be starring in.
andrew scott and paul mescal are playing lovers in andrew haigh’s adaptation of taichi yamada’s strangers
a tale about grief, existential loneliness, unending longing for human connection. and yes they do explore each other’s bodies. pic.twitter.com/MUuMCf2DHR
— david (@IaureIheII) November 16, 2022
Back in 2021, it was reported that the Aftersun actor would be teaming up with God’s Own Country star Josh O’Conner for the romance film History of Sound.
The movie is set to follow two young men, Lionel and David, as they set out on a mission to record the lives of their countrymen during World War 1.
Mescal has signed on to play Lionel, with O’Connor stepping into the role of David.
In an interview with Variety at the time, director Oliver Hermanus opened up about the powerful love story and working with Mescal and O’Connor.
“I instantly fell in love with Ben Shattuck’s flawlessly beautiful short story and knew I had to be involved in its journey to the screen. Paul and Josh are two of the most promising actors of their generation who will share with us deeply soulful performances,” he said.
“This is an unexpected love story that needs to be told — it is a journey through the life of America, across the 20th century and the traditions of American folk music, all seen through the bond between two men immersed in the history of sound.”
While the History of Sound was tentatively set to start production this past summer, Mescal revealed in a May interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the film was on pause due to conflicting schedules.
“But the learning for me is that I’m just dying to make films with people I like, and Josh is one of those people that I would work with in a heartbeat,” he added.
We can’t wait to see Scott and Mescal deliver a sure-to-be emotional performance in Strangers.