The TV adaptation of Rooney’s award-winning novel will air on April 26
Directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger, Frank) and Hettie McDonald (Howard’s End), Normal People will be released as a 12-part drama on BBC Three on April 26, and in the US on Hulu on April 29.
Based on Rooney’s stellar novel of the same name, Normal People tells the story of Marianne and Connell’s relationship as they leave school and head to university in Dublin. The lead characters are played by newcomers Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal.
“In Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, I feel I have found two young actors who can vividly capture Marianne and Connell and bring alive the profound and beautiful relationship at the centre of the story,” said Abrahamson, when casting was announced in May.
Earlier this year, the BBC announced that it would also be turning Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends, into a TV series. Like Normal People, the adaptation of Conversations with Friends will be made up of 12 episodes. Rooney will remain involved, along with director Abrahamson, and screenwriter Alice Birch.
There’s no news yet on who will star in Conversations with Friends or when the BBC will begin production. In the meantime, watch the brand new trailer for Normal People below.