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Entertainment / February 17, 2021

Cast revealed for adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Conversations With Friends’

Sally Rooney. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/The Guardian
Entertainment / February 17, 2021

Cast revealed for adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Conversations With Friends’

Words: Dylan Murphy

Today BBC Three revealed that Cork actress Alison Oliver would play Frances alongside the names of other cast members.

Unless you were living under a rock last year, (Which we couldn’t blame you for 2020 was trash) then you might have seen BBC Three’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. It shot Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar to stardom and pretty much gripped the western world in Connel’s tiny chain.

It brought a little squidge of joy during lockdown numero uno and provided a spotlight on a hoard of Irish talent, including the Irish artists that had their music used in the soundtrack.

Now, Rooney’s debut novel is getting a television adaptation.

Conversations With Friends was released in 2017 and followed two college friends, Frances and Bobbi as they develop an unexpected relationship with a married couple, Nick and Melissa.

Today, it was revealed that Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane and Jemima Kirke are among stars to be cast in the adaptation.

Cork actress Alison Oliver will play Frances, Houston native Sasha Lane who featured in American Honey will play Bobbi, meanwhile Joe Alwyn and Jemima Kirke will play Nick and Melissa respectively.

The 12 part drama will be directed by oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson who also directed Normal People.

Filming will take place this year in Dublin and Belfast and the series will premiere on BBC Three and air on BBC One next year.

It comes after Sally Rooney revealed her next book, Beautiful World, Where Are you.

Elsewhere, we spoke to BBC Sound of 2020 winner and Oscar Nominee Celeste about shrugging off outdated notions of love.