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Be still our beating hearts. We really could not be any happier for this young Irish actor, who seems to be having a much better 2020 than the rest of us!

It has just been revealed by The Hollywood Reporter that Normal People’s breakout actor, Paul Mescal will be starring in his very first film, The Lost Daughter.

This is incredible news for the Emmy-nominee — not only because it’s his feature film debut, but also because the production has quite a few big names attached to it already; including the likes of Olivia Colman from The Crown and Fleabag, along with Jessie Buckley of Fargo and Dakota Johnson of Fifty Shades fame.

The Lost Daughter is based on a book of the same name by critically acclaimed author, Elena Ferrante. After receiving a letter from Maggie Gyllenhaal requesting if she could adapt the book for the big screen, Ferrante agreed with one condition, that Gyllenhaal agrees to direct too. And so The Lost Daughter will be Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut.

What will it be about though? Well, Olivia Coleman plays an elegant college professor and mother, on a seaside summer vacation. She soon becomes fearful and overwhelmed by memories of her early motherhood journey. Forced to consider the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and the consequences they had for her family, she begins to unravel. 

After seeing Paul adapt the character of Sally Rooney’s Connell Waldron so perfectly, earning him his first Emmy nomination, we’re sure he’s going to absolutely excel at this new role too. Since filming has yet to begin though, we're sure to be in for a long wait.

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Scenes for the BBC Three adaptation of Irish novelist Sally Rooney's hit novel Normal People have begun filming at Trinity College Dublin.

Despite the lines of tourists queueing to visit the iconic Book of Kells (when is there not a line?), several cast and crew members were seen roaming around the famous college campus yesterday, according to the Irish Independent.

The award-winning. book was adapted for the screen by Rooney herself, with veteran director Lenny Abrahamson behind the camera.

The Oscar-nominated director behind films like Room, Frank and What Richard Did completed a Masters in theoretical physics at Trinity back in 1987, so he's familiar with the setting,

He's set to direct six episodes of the 12-part series, before Hettie McDonald takes over for the remaining six.

Filming has mainly taken place in the Robert Emmett Theatre in the Arts Block, with scenes between the protagonists, Marianne and Connell, taking place in lecture theatres.

21-year-old Cold Feet star Daisy Edgar-Jones has scored the lead role of Marianne, while 23-year-old Paul Mescal will take on the role of Connell.

The Lír Academy graduate previously garnered rave reviews for his part as Jay Gatsby in The Gate Theatre's production of The Great Gatsby, so he should be well able to handle Connell.

The series follows the characters, who move from the West of Ireland to Dublin in order to attend college, but the pair strike up an unlikely relationship.

At secondary school, Connell is the popular guy while Marianne is an isolated outsider among her peers. Despite this, they're drawn together.

Roles are completely reversed when they start college years later, with Marianne fitting in straight away with the debating crew but Connell finds himself on the outskirts.

Abrahamson has spoken out about how excited to work with the pair, saying:

"I feel I have found two young actors who vividly capture Marianne and Connell and bring alive the profound and beautiful relationship at the centre of the story."

The cast are heading to Italy in August or September after filming in Trinity is completed, before returning to Dublin to finish the shoot.

Filming also took place in County Sligo earlier in the year.

Further scenes will be shot in Trinity today and on Monday in the front square, library and on the cricket pitches. See if you can spot the cast if you're wandering around town.

Feature image: Instagram/@trinitycollegedublin

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