Hulu is following up its sexy hit Normal People, based on the novel by Irish author Sally Rooney, with the television adaptation of Rooney’s 2017 debut, Conversations With Friends. The story follows four people who end up entwined with each other, exploring topics of love, self worth and sexuality.
Frances (Alison Oliver, in her professional debut) is a 21-year-old college student whose only romantic relationship thus far has been with Bobbi (Sasha Lane), who is now her ex but remains her best friend. The pair performs spoken-word poetry and at one of these events, they meet Melissa (Jemima Kirke), an older writer. Melissa invites Frances and Bobbi to spend time with her and her husband, Nick (Joe Alwyn), while flirting openly with Bobbi. Meanwhile, Nick and Frances are secretly getting more and more involved with each other. Before long, their affair threatens to break up all of the relationships.
“My marriage has survived several affairs already,” says Nick in the above trailer, which is set to a new song, “Sidelines,” from songstress Phoebe Bridgers. “I’ve just never been party to them.”
Conversations with Friends is executive produced by Ed Guiney, Emma Norton, and Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures. Lenny Abrahamson also serves as an executive producer, as well as Tommy Bulfin and Rose Garnett for the BBC. Catherine Magee is series producer while Jeanie Igoe produces. Conversation With Friends is an Element Pictures production for Hulu and BBC Three.
The 12-episode series premieres May 15 on Hulu and BBC Three.