‘Normal People’ Star Paul Mescal Joins Melissa Barrera in Benjamin Millepied’s ‘Carmen’ (Exclusive)

Normal People’ star Paul Mescal will play the male lead in Benjamin Millepied’s film “Carmen,” a modern-day reimagining of one of the world’s most celebrated operas.

Mescal will star opposite Melissa Barrera (“Vida”), who will play the titular role of Carmen.Mescal replaces “Fifty Shades” star Jamie Dornan, who was previously attached to the role.“Carmen” will mark the feature debut of Millepied, a former principal dancer from the New York City Ballet who choreographed Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.”The adaptation was penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris Jr (“Birdman”), together with Millepied and Loic Barrère.Dimitri Rassam is financing and producing via his banner Chapter 2, a Mediawan company, together with Rosemary Blight at Goalpost Pictures, one of Australia’s most dynamic independent film companies.

TF1 Studio is co-producing and handling worldwide sales.The movie will start shooting on Jan.

18 in Australia for seven weeks.

Goalpost Pictures will handle the production locally.

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