In the upcoming film, Strangers, Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott might be lovers.
Strangers will have Fleabag heartthrob Andrew Scott sharing the screen with Normal People actor Paul Mescal. A hot priest and a hot writer? What more could we ask for? The film is an adaptation of the Japanese novel of the same name by Taichi Yamada. British filmmaker Andrew Haigh will direct it.
The film follows a screenwriter named Adam (Scott), “who, one night in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, has a chance encounter with a mysterious neighbor Harry (Mescal) that punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As they start getting closer, Adam is pulled back to his childhood home where he discovers that his late parents are both still alive and look the same age as the day they died over 30 years ago.”
Andrew Haigh’s ‘STRANGERS’ starring Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal will be released this fall.
It follows screenwriter Adam (Scott) who, one night, has a chance encounter with his mysterious neighbor Harry (Mescal) that punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. pic.twitter.com/BAXrZaB6ij
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‘Strangers’ Movie Adaptation Adds New Queer Romance
Though the plot sounds interesting enough, we are most excited about the prospect of Adam and Harry’s relationship going beyond friendly neighbors. In Yamada’s novel, the neighbor is a woman named Kei who enters a relationship with the protagonist. But in this film, Harry appears to replace Kei’s character completely, leading us to believe a gay romance between Scott and Mescal might be on the horizon.
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Haigh, an openly queer director, wrote and directed the award-winning gay film Weekend and the HBO series Looking – which follows three 30-something gay friends living in San Francisco. His presence in this project only increases our hope in an LGBTQ+ movie.
Also starring in Strangers are Claire Foy (The Crown) and Jamie Bell (Rocketman). They will play Adam’s dead (but maybe not so dead) parents.
Since the studio has not released a trailer or poster for the film, we must patiently wait for them to give us more crumbs. Luckily, the wait won’t be too long! Mescal confirmed Strangers will hit theaters this fall.