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a close up of Paul Mescal at a press event. He has brown hair styled in a mullet and an unshaven face.

Paul Mescal to Play Young Shakespeare in ‘Hamnet’

Paul Mescal is set to star as a young William Shakespeare!

The Irish actor, who rose to fame as Connell in the 2020 miniseries Normal People (as did his gold chain – IYKYK), will next star in Hamnet from director Chloé Zhao. The film is based on the novel of the same name by author Maggie O’Farrell and follows a fictional account of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, who dies at age 11.

Starring alongside him is Jessie Buckley who will portray Agnes, Shakespeare’s wife.

In a recent interview with Vogue, Paul spoke about the role and how thrilled he is to take on such a project:

“The book – it’s just devastating. I can’t wait. If I told a younger version of myself that this would be [shooting] this year, I wouldn’t believe it. I’ve obviously been in a film with Jessie before [The Lost Daughter] but we’ve never shared the screen or a working process together. I think she’s one of our present-day greats. And Chloé is somebody I can’t wait to get in the weeds with, and get into the heads of those characters.”


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Paul more recently starred in Aftersun, earning himself an Oscar nomination last year in the Best Actor category, as well as the film All of Us Strangers. He’s also landed the lead in Ridley Scott’s highly-anticipated Gladiator sequel which is due to be released in November this year. Paul will play Lucius, the son of Maximus which was played by Russell Crowe in the 2000 film.

Add to that Paul’s role in Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Merrily We Roll Along – which according to Linklater, will be filmed over a course of 20 years – and yep, it’s most certainly a busy time for Mr. Mescal!

(Feature Image Credit: photo of Paul Mescal by DFree/Shutterstock.com)


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a cover of the book 'Hamnet' by Maggie O'Farrell which is being adapted into a film starring Paul Mescal

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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.