The three stars were all announced for the cast of the highly anticipated adaptation of Normal People author Sally Rooney‘s Conversations With Friends, via THR on Wednesday (February 17).
The stars join Alison Oliver, an emerging talent from Lir Academy (where Normal People’s Paul Mescal also attended), who will play Frances.
Sasha will star as Bobbi, Joe will play Nick and Jemima is Melissa.
Here’s a plot summary and character descriptions: “Described as both a complex coming of age drama and a very modern love story, Conversations with Friends follows Frances (Oliver), a 21-year-old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time. Frances is observant, cerebral and sharp. Her ex-girlfriend, now best friend, Bobbi (Lane) is self-assured, outspoken and compelling. Though they broke up three years ago, Frances and Bobbi are virtually inseparable and perform spoken word poetry together in Dublin. It’s at one of their shows that they meet Melissa (Kirke), an older writer, who is fascinated by the pair. Bobbi and Frances start to spend time with Melissa and her husband, Nick (Alwyn), a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and Bobbi flirt with each other openly, Nick and Frances embark on an intense, secret affair that is surprising to them both. Soon the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self, and the friendship she holds so dear.”
The drama is set to air across 12 half-hour episodes, airing next year on the BBC and on Hulu. Filming will take place this year in Dublin, Belfast and international locations still to be announced.