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Everything We Know About “All of Us Strangers” Starring Paul Mescal

Everything We Know About “All of Us Strangers” Starring Paul Mescal

An Upcoming Film with Everyone’s Favorite Irish Brooder

Unless someone lives under a rock, Paul Mescal is in their life right now. If they do live under a rock, they most likely have an A24 limited edition Blu-ray copy of Aftersun and live under said rock in order to watch their copy on repeat with complete freedom from noise and light pollution. 

He entered the popular consciousness and the secret desires of the populace with his turn as Connell in the romantic and heart-shredding miniseries Normal People and affirmed his presence as an ascending leading man with his role as Calum in the heart-gouging Aftersun. He has rode the quiet, sad wave of the Irish invasion onto TV screens in many a dorm room. For those who don’t know him, he is soon to be known with the announcement of his starring role in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator 2 alongside Denzel Washington.

His filmography is light at the moment (he’s only 27), but speculation of where he will end up is wide and hefty. There is much anticipation for his upcoming roles in Gladiator 2 and Richard Linklater’s Merrily We Roll Along, but before those arrive, his next slated release is in the film All of Us Strangers.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming film All of Us Strangers starring Paul Mescal.

The Premise

The British romantic fantasy film will follow Adam, a lonely screenwriter in London, who develops a relationship with his mysterious neighbor Harry and returns to his childhood home to discover that his dead parents are not only alive, but have not aged in thirty years. The film is loosely based on the 1987 Strangers by Japanese writer Taichi Yamada. The novel was previously adapted for the 1988 Japanese horror film The Discarnates. Based on early reviews, All of Us Strangers ditches the horror and adopts a more melancholic and introspective tone, highlighting the romance between the two main characters and dealing heavily with one’s reckoning with their own middle age and mortality.

Everything We Know About “All of Us Strangers” Starring Paul Mescal

Who’s Involved

The film is written and directed by Andrew Haigh, a British filmmaker most well known for co-creating the comedy-drama television series for HBO Looking (2014-2015) and Looking: The Movie (2016) which follows the lives of three gay friends in a contemporary San Francisco and was the network’s first series centered around gay men. He also directed and wrote the critically-acclaimed adult relationship drama film 45 Years (2015) which nabbed lead actress Charlotte Rampling a Best Actress nomination at the 88th Academy Awards.

Andrew Scott, known for playing James Moriarty in BBC’s Sherlock (2010-2017) will play the lead role of Adam, Paul Mescal will play Harry, Adam’s neighbor and romantic interest, and Jamie Bell and Claire Foy will play Adam’s parents. Haigh reportedly adapted Mescal’s character from the female love interest in the original novel, centering his film around a gay relationship, much in line with his previous critically acclaimed work. Haigh based much of his adaptation on his own childhood and life experience; he even used his childhood home as the location for the character Adam’s childhood home.

Release Dates

The film premiered on August 31, 2023, at the 50th Telluride Film Festival. Searchlight Pictures acquired the distribution rights and the film is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 22, 2023.

Is There a Trailer?

An official trailer for the film has not yet been released, however, there are several first-look photos available online. Most of the photos show Mescal and Scott together, with Mescal donning a mustache and some additional scruff. Not much is able to be deduced other than both lead actors look good and clearly share a lot of screen time together. Early reviews for the film have been very positive, with the film currently holding a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews, however, it is far too early to get a clear temperature on the response.

The Future of Mescal

Paul Mescal has already proved himself to be a low-budget darling, filling the screen with his quiet and expressive face in natural lighting. He kills any role that calls for sadness and lilting moments of self-expression, and seeing as this film has “melancholy,” “romance,” and “drama,” as descriptors, it is more than likely that Mescal will make an absolute feast out of this role. A role like this makes his presence in Gladiator 2 all the more exciting, like the calm before the storm. All we get of him are the poetic Irish mood pieces (no complaints), which means a gory, action-packed period piece will come like a knockout punch. It’s hard to melt into the scenery of a scene when Denzel Washington is on the same screen, so Gladiator 2 will be a real legacy film for him. Meanwhile, let him softly smile to himself on screen for another five movies because it never gets old. 

Keep up with Dead Talk News for future updates on the upcoming film All of Us Strangers.

Everything We Know About “All of Us Strangers” Starring Paul Mescal

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Will King is a writer based in Los Angeles, CA. The one thing he loves equally to watching film and television is talking about it.
Cailen Fienemann is a current student at Le Moyne College pursuing her BA in English and Communications with a film studies minor and a creative writing concentration.  Though uncertain about her career end-goals, any job that allows her to write is a cherished one indeed.