BBC and Hulu have announced that Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke, Sasha Lane and Alison Oliver will star in their series adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Conversations With Friends.
The 12-part series follows the story of two Dublin college students, Frances and Bobbi, and the strange and unexpected connection they forge with married couple, Melissa and Nick. Frances and Bobbi are inseparable former lovers who become fascinated by Melissa and Nick to the point that Nick and Frances embark on an intense secret affair. Soon the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self and her friendship.
Joe Alwyn (whose credits include The Favourite and A Christmas Carol) will be playing the role of Nick, Jemima Kirke (whose credits include Maniac and Sylvie’s Love) will be playing the role of Melissa, Sasha Lane (whose credits include Hellboy and Utopia) will be playing the role of Bobbi, and newcomer Alison Oliver will be playing the role of Frances.
This marks BBC and Hulu’s second adaptation of a Sally Rooney novel, with their previous adaptation, Normal People, being a huge success for them and their stars. Lenny Abrahamson, who directed Normal People, is currently attached as lead director. Alice Birch, Mark O’Halloran, Meadhbh McHugh and Susan Soon He Stanton will be writing the series.
The series is being produced by Element Pictures, with Ed Guiney, Emma Norton and Andrew Lowe serving as executive producers under the company banner. Sally Rooney and Lenny Abrahamson will also serve as executive producers alongside BBC’s Tommy Bulfin. Catherine Magee serves as series producer, and Jeanie Igoe serves as producer.
Production for Conversations With Friends will commence this year in Dublin and Belfast, with international locations yet to be confirmed. The series is being scheduled to premiere in 2022 on Hulu in the U.S and BBC Three in the UK.