Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott to play lovers and ‘explore each other’s bodies’ in new film

Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott at the Aftersun screening in London.

Normal People star Paul Mescal and Fleabag’s resident hot priest Andrew Scott will play gay lovers in upcoming fantasy drama film Strangers.

According to Variety, the film is a “loose” adaptation of Taichi Yamada’s award-winning 1987 Japanese novel of the same name.

It will be directed by gay filmmaker Andrew Haigh, best known for his acclaimed queer classic Weekend, a romantic drama about a 48-hour relationship between two men.

The original Strangers storyline follows London-based screenwriter, Adam (who’ll be played by Scott), as he discovers that his long dead parents have come back to earth as ghosts.

In the film’s portrayal, Adam will discover that his parents are alive, look exactly as they did when they ‘died’ 30 years ago, and are living in his childhood home.

Strangers will also see Adam have a “chance encounter” with his neighbour Harry, played by Mescal, with the pair “growing closer” as the film goes on. Take from that what you will.

It’s a pretty star-studded cast, with Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott being joined by The Crown’s first queen Claire Foy and Rocketman’s Jamie Bell, who will portray Adam’s not-dead parents. 

The film is yet to have a release date, but photos shared on social media seem to suggest that filming has already wrapped. Variety reports that the Strangers will be a partnership between Searchlight Pictures, Blueprint Pictures, and Film4.

Paul Mescal became an Emmy-nominated household name following his portrayal of Connell in the wildly popular 2020 BBC series Normal People, based on Sally Rooney’s award-winning novel. More recently, he has starred in Aftersun, one of 2022’s most critically-acclaimed films.

Andrew Scott is arguably best known for leading the gay agenda with his portrayal of Fleabag’s hot priest, for which he won a Critic’s Choice Award.

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