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Sheep wars Paul Mescal to star in a new Irish revenge thriller called ‘Bring Them Down’

The movie adaptation follows the love story of Marion and Tom - played by The Crown’s Emma and Haz, before Tom falls in love with a man named Patrick.

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Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

Actor Paul Mescal who was Emmy-nominated for his depiction of Connell in Normal People is to star alongside Tom Burke in a new Irish revenge thriller entitled ‘Bring Them Down’.

The film that is based in the West of Ireland tells the story of an Irish sheep farmer whose conflict with a neighbouring farm turns violent when some of his flock are killed.

Burke played Orson Welles in David Fincher’s Netflix movie Mank, while he has also starred in key roles in Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, BBC’s Strike, and Netflix’s The Crown.

Paul is also said to be the latest star to join the cast for new movie My Policeman alongside Harry Styles and Emma Corrin.

The movie adaptation of the book of the same name follows the love story of Marion and Tom - played by The Crown’s Emma and Haz, before Tom falls in love with a man named Patrick.

It then explores the love affair that would’ve been considered unacceptable in in the 1950s.

Mescal recently finished filming The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, that is based on an Elena Ferrante novel about a woman who has to confront her dark past when on holidays by the seaside.

He is currently filming Carmen, directed by Black Swans' Benjamin Millepied in Breadalbane in New South Wales, Australia.

He landed one of the lead roles opposite fellow rising star Melissa Barrera in the present-day reimagining of the Georges Bizet opera.

Following his casting, Mescal said he was "honoured to have been cast alongside Melissa, an actor I greatly admire".

He described it as "an incredible privilege to be working with Benjamin on his first feature, who has put together such an impressive creative team".

It has not been revealed when Bring Them Down will go into production.

Mescal has previously revealed how he was nervous portraying depression in Normal People.

The Kildare born star’s character Connell spirals into depression after a childhood friend takes his own life in the coming-of-age show.

Paul recounted how three people at his own school took their lives.

“Three people killed themselves at my school.

“So it’s not fiction to me, it’s real, and I was really nervous portraying it.”

The Maynooth man told that after the first death at his school, his mum took him out of class for a week because he “wasn’t equipped to cope with that level of devastation”.

“I wasn’t particularly close to the person, but that kind of sadness permeates through an entire year group.

“The distinct feeling I remember having at the time is that I didn’t know how to perform sadness in the way I saw other people around me being sad.

“I was nervous people didn’t think I was sad enough. I found the whole thing incredibly confusing and, in hindsight, formative.”

“My innocence was ripped away very quickly.”

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