Paul Mescal and Josh O'Connor to star in an LGBTQ movie, "The History of Sound"
by Ana Walia | Sat, 30 Oct 2021 21:07:02 GMT
Paul Mescal and Josh O'Connor are going to star in an LGBTQ movie, "The History of Sound". Image Source: List 123

Normal People fame and BAFTA winner Paul Mescal, along with The Crown fame and recent Emmy winner Josh O'Connor, are teaming up to star in a gay romance movie titled, "The History of Sound". Oliver Hermanus is going to direct the movie, which is an adaptation of an award-winning short story. Oliver Hermanus is a South African filmmaker who is known for films such as "Moffie", "Beauty", and "The Endless River".

The History of Sound is being produced by End Cue and follows the lives of two young men. Lionel, played by Paul Mescal, and David, played by Josh O'Connor, are brothers who, during the World War I period, set out to record the lives, voices, and music of their countrymen. An official description of the movie reads, "In this snatched, short-lived moment in their young lives, and while discovering the epic sweep of the U.S., both men are deeply changed."

The movie is based on the eponymous Pushcart Prize-winning story by American author Ben Shattuck. Oliver Hermanus shared with Variety, "I instantly fell in love with Ben Shattuck’s flawlessly beautiful short story and knew I had to be involved in its journey to the screen. Paul and Josh are two of the most promising actors of their generation who will share with us deeply soulful performances. This is an unexpected love story that needs to be told — it is a journey through the life of America, across the 20th century and the traditions of American folk music, all seen through the bond between two men immersed in the history of sound. This undeniably powerful story will certainly resonate with audiences the world over. "

Principal photography will begin in the summer of 2022 and take place predominantly in the U.S., with some locations in the U.K. and Italy. End Cue’s Andrew Kortschak and Lisa Ciuffetti alongside Andrea Roa will produce the project. Speaking about the project, Andrew Kortschak said, "Working with Oliver, Ben, Paul, and Josh is an immense privilege. We are all struck by Ben’s beautiful and resonant short story, exploring love, loss and memory. We are beyond excited to adapt this story for the screen with this incredible team."

Josh O'Connor portrayed Prince Charles in "The Crown". Image Source: The Face

Josh O'Connor's breakfast part was as a Yorkshire sheep farmer in "God's Own Country," a gay love story from Francis Lee's film "Ammonite." For his performance as Prince Charles in Netflix's "The Crown," the actor recently won the Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, as well as receiving his third BAFTA nomination. Along with Dominic West, he played Lawrence Durrell in "The Durrells" and Marius in "Les Misérables" in recent television roles. "Mothering Sunday," in which he co-starred with Olivia Colman and Colin Firth, is one of his most recent film credits. He'll next be seen alongside Letitia Wright in Frank Berry's "Aisha."

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones starred in "Normal People". Image Source: Digital Spy 

Paul Mescal rose to prominence opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones in Sally Rooney's adaption of "Normal People," and his outstanding performance earned him a BAFTA award and Emmy nominations. He most recently acted alongside Olivia Colman in Maggie Gyllenhaal's Venice Film Festival winner "The Lost Daughter." Paul Mescal also has roles in Benjamin Millepied's upcoming version of "Carmen" and A24's "God's Creatures," both of which are now in post-production.

CAA Media Finance will handle US sales, while Embankment will pitch the film to overseas buyers ahead of the virtual American Film Market next week. The production is being co-financed by Film4.