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Prepare for a Paul Mescal supremacy — 5 upcoming or new releases from the incredible Irish actor


By Sarah Gill
01st Oct 2022

BBC/Hulu

Prepare for a Paul Mescal supremacy — 5 upcoming or new releases from the incredible Irish actor

Just over two years since the release of Normal People, Paul Mescal has managed to keep us all in the palm of his hand.

It was April 2020 when the Maynooth native first appeared on our screens in the television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People, and over the course of twelve 30-minute episodes, we universally fell in love with his portrayal of the achingly introverted Connell Waldron.

Having picked up the title of Best Leading Actor in a Drama Series at the 2021 IFTA Film & Drama Awards, won Best Actor at the British Academy Television Awards, and been nominated for a plethora of other accolades, Paul Mescal’s name has rarely been off our lips since.

He wore GAA shorts to Coachella and inadvertently made them a global trend, gave the humble silver chain a new lease of life, and recently made headlines for buying a house in West Cork with his other half, Phoebe Bridgers. The 26-year-old has come a long way in a very short two years, and it appears as though the only way is up for Mr. Mescal.

Since we are firm believers in the Paul Mescal supremacy, we’ve rounded up five of his best new releases, and some upcoming titles you should definitely have on your radar.

Aftersun (2022)

No, *you* cried just watching the trailer. Debuting at the Cannes Film Festival, if first reactions are anything to go by, Aftersun is set to be the movie of the year. One critic took to Twitter to say, “The last 10 minutes had the entire audience sobbing. Paul Mescal should be in the Oscar conversation.”

The film is set on a holiday resort, with Mescal in the role of father to an 11-year-old Sophie, who treasures these moments spent with her loving and idealistic father. Twenty years later, Sophie reminisces about their last holiday together as she tries to come to terms with the man she didn’t always know.

God’s Creatures (2022)

A gothic Irish drama that was released in the US last month and is yet to be picked up by a distributor here in Ireland, God’s Creatures is set in a small Irish fishing village and tells the story of a mother (Emily Watson) lying to protect her son (Paul Mescal) when an allegation of rape is made against him.

The accusation comes from family friend and his mother’s coworker, Emma — played by The Fall’s Aisling Franciosi —and the film casts a light over a society that protects abusers and a system that fails women. From filmmakers Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer, the role comes in contrast to Mescal’s role of brother Bryan in the stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It.

Strangers (2023)

What if I told you that Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott were cast together in the film adaptation of Taichi Yamada’s Strangers? It’s been far too long since RTÉ’s 2020 Comic Relief video that saw Mescal enter the Fleabag confessional booth for the crossover episode straight out of our wildest dreams, and we cannot wait to see them reunite.

Loosely based on Taichi Yamada’s award-winning ghost story of the same name, Strangers follows Scott, in the role of screenwriter Adam, as he experiences a chance encounter with his mysterious neighbour Harry (Mescal) on a quiet night in contemporary London that punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. When Adam returns to his childhood home, he discovers that his long-dead parents are both alive and well, and look the exact same age as the day they died, over 30 years ago.

Foe (2023)

Forgive the liberal use of Instagram fan pages here — imagery for Foe has been largely kept under wraps since it began filming in Australia back in January. With not one but two big Irish names leading the cast, Mescal will start alongside Saoirse Ronan in this Garth Davis directed sci-fi thriller.

The film is described as a “taut, sensual, psychological mind-bender set in the near future where corporate power and environmental decay are ravaging the planet”. Mescal and Ronan play a young couple living a solitary life on their isolated farm when one night, a stranger knocks on their door, bringing news that throws their lives into turmoil.

The End of Getting Lost (2023)

Co-starring in The End of Getting Lost with The Maid’s Margaret Qualley, Mescal will be taking on a role in yet another book adaptation, this one based on a mystery thriller from Robin Kirman.

The film is set in 1990s Europe and follows a young married couple on what Mescal’s character Duncan claims is their honeymoon. However, when Gina (Qualley) suffers a mysterious accident, the story begins to toggle between past and present to uncover a portrait of love’s power and dangers. Dakota Johnson and Ro Donnelly will produce the film through their TeaTime Pictures banner.