Two of Ireland’s national treasures, Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott, are gearing up for their upcoming film “All of Us Strangers.” The indie film, directed by queer British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, will see the pair of esteemed actors getting close after a chance encounter changes everything. If Haigh’s previous projects, including “Weekend” and “Lean on Pete,” are anything to go by, it’s likely to be another LGBTQ+ film that needs to be on your watch list.
Oscar nominee Mescal (“Aftersun,” “Normal People”) and Emmy nominee Scott (“Black Mirror,” “Fleabag”) are the dynamic duo in the lead roles, and they’re joined by Claire Foy (“The Crown”) and Jamie Bell (“Rocketman”). Foy and Bell play Scott’s parents, who died when he was just 12. As he tries to write about them — and falls in love with Mescal’s character — his parents visit him as ghostly presences. The startling and emotional trailer for the film was released Sept. 21, and it uses the Pet Shop Boys’s “Always on My Mind”
Haigh opened up about the film in an Aug. 23 article for Vanity Fair. Haigh based a lot of the film on his own childhood, and told the outlet, “To suddenly deal with my own past at the same time as I was telling a story about someone else dealing with their past — I’m not sure if it was foolish, emotionally or mentally. But it was a really strangely cathartic experiment.”
Of Scott and Mescal’s dynamic, he said, “There was chemistry between the two of them literally the second I saw them together.” In terms of their performances together, including how they tackled the movie’s sex scenes, he added: “Both of them were pretty fearless. There was no sense of them being afraid of approaching those scenes. They knew how important they were.” Searchlight released first-look photos from the film on Aug. 23.
Keep reading for all the details we know so far about “All of Us Strangers,” including the plot and release date, and to see the new photos.
“All of Us Strangers” Trailer
“All of Us Strangers” Cast
In the movie, Scott — who was first catapulted to stardom by playing the role of Jim Moriarty in “Sherlock,” for which he won a BAFTA Award — takes on the lead role of Adam opposite Mescal’s Harry, his neighbor. Foy and Bell are also among the cast.
“All of Us Strangers” Plot
Per the film’s synopsis via Searchlight Pictures, “All of Us Strangers” tells the story of screenwriter Adam (Scott), who shares a chance encounter with his neighbor Harry (Mescal) “that punctures the rhythm of his everyday life.” Set in a tower block in London, the plot takes a supernatural turn: “As Adam and Harry get closer, Adam is pulled back to his childhood home where it appears his long-dead parents (Foy and Bell) are both living and look the same age as the day they died thirty years before.”
The film draws from Taichi Yamada’s novel of the same name, Variety reported in 2022.
“All of Us Strangers” Director
The movie is directed by film mogul Haigh, who is perhaps best known for the LGBTQ+ love story “Weekend” (2011), as well as indie movies “45 Years” (2015) and “Lean on Pete” (2017). He was also the executive producer and lead writer/director on HBO’s “Looking” (2014-16) and was the mind behind BBC and AMC’s “The North Water” (2021).
“All of Us Strangers” Release Date
“All of Us Strangers” will be released on Dec. 22.