Paul Mescal has been cast opposite fellow rising star Melissa Barrera in director Benjamin Millepied's present-day reimagining of the Georges Bizet opera Carmen.

The film will see Vida star Barrera in the title role and Mescal as the male lead.

The Normal People star said he was "honoured to have been cast alongside Melissa, an actor I greatly admire". 

Melissa Barrera

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".

Millepied, who choreographed Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, will begin filming Carmen on 18 January in Australia. A seven-week shoot is scheduled.

Oscar-nominated composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight, Vice) is writing an original score for the film, which will feature nine new songs.

Mescal showcased his vocal talents during the summer when he appeared onstage with Dermot Kennedy and reunited with Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones for RTÉ Does Comic Relief.

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Mescal recently completed work on The Lost Daughter with Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard and fellow Irish actor Jessie Buckley. The film is the feature directing debut of The Honourable Woman star Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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