AFTERSUN on Google Play

Paul Mescal

AFTERSUN is now available to rent on Google Play! 20 years after their last holiday at a fading vacation resort, Sophie reflects on the rare time spent with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (Paul Mescal). Sophie’s recollections become a powerful and heartrending portrait of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t, in Charlotte Wells’ superb and searingly emotional debut film.

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Mescal cast in GLADIATOR 2

Paul Mescal

The NORMAL PEOPLE actor has been cast in the starring role in Ridley Scott’s long-promised sequel to his 2000 Best Picture winner GLADIATOR. Mescal will take on the starring role of the adult Lucius (played by Spencer Treat Clark in the original movie), who will presumably have to give up his fancy “nephew of the now dead emperor” lifestyle in order to to live up to the example that Russell Crowe’s general-turned-gladiator Maximus set in the original movie.

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AFTERSUN review

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Charlotte Wells’ moving debut feature AFTERSUN details a father-daughter vacation at a cheap resort in Turkey. There’s something unknowable about Calum (Paul Mescal), and maybe this is because Sophie (Frankie Corio) is a child, and he’s her dad, and she’s just about coming to the age where she’s separating herself and becoming her own person. As both a gorgeous ode to the faultlines of memory in family life, and a single, heartbreaking portrait of a father and daughter set to prematurely part ways on a number of levels, AFTERSUN is a genuinely standout feature debut.

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Paul Mescal talks AFTERSUN

Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal knows how to score a free vacation. Since breaking out in 2020 on Hulu miniseries NORMAL PEOPLE the Irish actor has collected passport stamps from some of the most idyllic places on Earth, shooting movies in Australia (CARMEN), Greece (THE LOST DAUGHTER) and Turkey (AFTERSUN). “That’s part of the grand plan: just to put myself in films that are in parts of the world I’ve never been before,” Mescal jokes in a recent interview. “And hopefully they turn out to be good!” His globetrotting scheme paid off with AFTERSUN (in theaters nationwide), one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films with 97% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

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GOD’S CREATURES on Prime Video

NORMAL PEOPLE leading man Paul Mescal stars in GOD’S CREATURES, now on Amazon Prime. A mother tells a lie for her beloved son that rips apart their family and close-knit Irish town-ultimately testing her own sense of right and wrong in this tense, atmospheric thriller.

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AFTERSUN trailer

Paul Mescal heartbreakingly leads another A24 drama. The NORMAL PEOPLE breakout star appears in both GOD’S CREATURES and AFTERSUN two films set to be distributed by A24. Mescal plays a father adrift on a holiday alongside his 11-year-old daughter Sophie (Francesca Corio) in Turkey in the late 1990s. A present-day Sophie (Celia Rowlson-Hall) reflects over 20 years later on the tense trip with her father.

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Mescal in AFTERSUN

Actor Paul Mescal’s new movie AFTERSUN is set to open the 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film, by Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells, debuted at Cannes’ Critics’ Week garnering rave reviews and won the French Touch jury prize. It stars NORMAL PEOPLE actor Mescal and newcomer Frankie Corio as a young father and his 11-year-old daughter who are on holiday at a resort in Turkey in the late 1990s.

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Mescal in Cannes

The actor is at the 75th edition of the prestigious festival to premiere two sweeping dramas in which he has complex leading roles. The first is Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer’s GOD’S CREATURES, a gripping thriller set on the Irish coast following a mysterious man  who is accused of a terrible crime that his devoted mother  can’t possibly imagine him committing. The second is Charlotte Wells’s delicate, touching AFTERSUN, in which he’s cast as a divorcé on a summer holiday in Turkey with his young daughter. Both films have been met with rave reviews, particularly for Mescal’s measured, nuanced performances.

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