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Hulu Sets Cast for Conversations with Friends


Hulu has unveiled the series regulars for the upcoming drama Conversations with Friends, based on Sally Rooney’s award-winning debut novel.

Newcomer Alison Oliver will star alongside Sasha Lane, Joe Alwyn and Jemima Kirke in the series. Production will begin this year in Dublin, Belfast and international locations yet to be confirmed. The series is scheduled to premiere in 2022 on Hulu in the U.S. and premiere on BBC Three and air on BBC One in the U.K.

Following the success of the adaptation of Rooney’s Normal People, Element Pictures will collaborate again with Lenny Abrahamson, who will direct alongside Leanne Welham, and writer Alice Birch, who will collaborate with Mark O’Halloran, Meadhbh McHugh and Susan Soon He Stanton on the 12-episode Conversations with Friends series.

Conversations with Friends follows Frances, a 21-year-old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

Ed Guiney, executive producer, said: “Alison, Sasha, Joe and Jemima are the dream cast to lead Conversations with Friends and all of us at Element are so excited about the incredible scripts from our amazing team of writers which we have been developing with the oversight of the brilliant Lenny Abrahamson. We can’t wait to start filming with Lenny, Leanne and our wonderful cast and crew to bring Sally’s extraordinary novel to the screen.”

Lenny Abrahamson said: “I feel so excited to be collaborating with four such superb actors to bring Sally’s brilliant novel to the screen. Over the last few months, it has been a privilege to work alongside Element Pictures and our extraordinary team of writers to get the scripts to a point where we all feel so excited to start shooting. I’ll be joined by a world-class crew (many of whom worked on Normal People) and supporting cast and I’m particularly happy to have Leanne Welham come on board. I’ve been an admirer of her work for a long time and I have no doubt she will bring great skill and subtlety to the episodes she directs.

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