It looks like Paul Mescal has already set his sights on the next project. While he was busy spearheading the next Gladiator entry, he is now in talks to join Chloé Zhao’s upcoming adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet. He will be joined by Jessie Buckley in retelling the story of Agnes, William Shakespear’s wife, who struggles with the loss of her son, Hamnet.
It’s a fictional novel exploring the concept of what may have happened to inspire Shakespeare’s iconic play Hamlet which went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Buckley is famous for her work on a variety of projects, such as Apple TV+
s Fingernails, Woman Talking, and The Lost Daughter. She’ll also star alongside Olivia Colman in the upcoming Wicked Little Letters.
Mescal has been making quite the rounds as of late. He got an Oscar nomination for his work in A24’s Aftersun and went on to get the title role in Ridley Scott’s return to the world of Gladiator. Most interestingly though is the fact that he was heavily rumored to have been offered the role of Johnny Storm, better known as the Human Torch. Of course, it still remains nothing more than a rumor for now but the timing seems fitting.