Normal People trailer: A forbidden romance, an irresistible desire
Hulu has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming series adaptation of Sally Rooney’s New York Times Bestselling Novel Normal People, a modern-day Irish-set romantic tale in the same vein as William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet. The trailer can be viewed in the player below!
Adapted by Rooney, Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, the 12-episode drama follows the complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell, who meet at their small town secondary school in Ireland and continues through their undergraduate years at Trinity College. Connell is well-liked and popular at school while Marianne is lonely and intimidating, but when he picks up his mother from her cleaning job at Marianne’s house, a connection forms between the two that they feel inclined to hide amidst their social class gap.
The following year, both studying in Dublin, the two have seen a personality swap as Marianne as found her own group of friends while Connell becomes shy and uncertain about his life and hangs on the sidelines.
The series is led by Daisy Edgar-Jones (War of the Worlds) as Marianne and Paul Mescal, in his TV debut, as Connell, with supporting cast including Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders), Aislín McGuckin (Outlander), Fionn O’Shea (The Aftermath) and Leah McNamara (Dublin Murders).
The first half of the series is directed by Oscar-nominee Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and the latter half by Hettie McDonald (Howards End), with Ed Guiney (The Lobster) executive producing alongside Andrew Lowe (The Favourite), Emma Norton (Rosie) and Anna Ferguson (No Offense) for Element Pictures, Rooney and Abrahamson.
Normal People will debut on Hulu on Wednesday, April 29 and in the UK on BBC Three on April 26.