“I’ve wanted to make A Spy By Nature for many years — and when I met Paul Mescal, with his beguiling mixture of intelligence, skill and youth, I knew I’d found the perfect star,” MacDonald told US publication The Hollywood Reporter.
“This is a very modern spy story — sexy, dangerous, morally ambivalent — and only an actor of Paul’s talent could pull it off.”
The movie will be set in modern-day London with filming set to begin in the coming months.
While Mescal has been busy in recent years with dramas like The Lost Daughter and the forthcoming Aftersun, this will be by far his most prolific role since shooting to fame in TV hit Normal People.
Producers have already expressed hope that the movie could kick off a new spy series like the Bourne films did.
“I feel confident we will all want to revisit this young spy in his next adventure with what could be the beginning of an exciting new franchise,” said Gabrielle Stewart of HanWay Films, who is backing the film.