Author Sally Rooney garnered tremendous goodwill and fan support with her critically and commercially acclaimed 2017 coming of age novel Conversations with Friends. What’s more, the book marked something of a coming of age for Rooney in that Conversations…was her freshman book. The splash the first time scribe made has resounded and reverberated, leading to today’s announcement by The Hollywood Reporter that streaming stalwart Hulu has officially set the cast for the film adaptation of Conversations with Friends.
Irish author Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends is about the relationships of four people who are coming of age and navigating the perilous slopes of love: Melissa and Nick, a married couple, the narrator of the piece, Frances and her best pal (and former girlfriend) Bobbi.
Streaming giant Hulu will be handling the adaptation of the novel in twelve half hour episodes. Partnering with Hulu to bring Rooney’s vision to cinematic life will be BBC Three, with the episodes to air on both BBC and Hulu. Production is set to take place later on this year in Dublin, Belfast and a whole passel of overseas locations that have as yet to be officially confirmed. Endeavor Content is the lucky production house taking care of worldwide sales.
The band of gremlins bringing Conversations with Friends to life will be the team extraordinaire behind Hulu’s ragingly popular Normal People (also based off of a Rooney novel), director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger) and scripter Alice Birch (Anatomy of a Suicide), both who have shown an affinity for this type of material. Joining them in the writer’s room for this adaptation will be Meadhbh McHugh, Mark O’Halloran and Susan Soon He Stanton. Playing the rotating director’s chair with Abrahamson will be equally talented director Leanne Welham (His Dark Materials).
Weaving their peculiar brand of actor’s alchemy for the adaptation will be talented thespians Alison Oliver (a relative newcomer to the Hollywood game), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) and Jemima Kirke of Sex Education fame.
Director Abrahamson issued a statement extolling the virtues of his cast, saying that “I feel so excited to be collaborating with four such superb actors to bring Sally’s brilliant novel to the screen. Over the last few months, it has been a privilege to work alongside Element Pictures and our extraordinary team of writers to get the scripts to a point where we all feel so excited to start shooting. I’ll be joined by a world class crew (many of whom worked on Normal People) and supporting cast and I’m particularly happy to have Leanne Welham on board. I’ve been an admirer of her work for a long time and I have no doubts she will bring great skill and subtlety to the episodes she directs.”