A Normal People sequel? We’d love that, says Daisy Edgar-Jones and its director… but viewers may have to wait until 2025 to see what happened to the characters later in life
The lockdown television hit Normal People left captivated viewers desperate to find out whatever became of on-off lovers Connell and Marianne.
Now its star and director have both hinted that the drama could spawn a sequel… although fans might have to be very patient.
Daisy Edgar-Jones, who played well-heeled teenager Marianne, has spoken enthusiastically about returning to the role to find out what happens to her character later in life, but not just yet.
Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones (pictured as Marianne with Paul Mescal, playing Connell) has spoken enthusiastically about returning to the role to find out what happens to her character later in life
The BBC series, adapted from Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel, ended with Marianne encouraging her working-class lover Connell, played by Paul Mescal, to accept a place on a writing course in New York while she remained in Dublin.
The 22-year-old actress said: ‘The open ending is kind of perfect. That’s what life is like, you never know what’s around the corner.
‘I quite like that I don’t know where they are and that we don’t have to say goodbye to them. But at the same time, I guess I would be curious to see where they go, maybe in their next stage of life, maybe in their early 30s or even later.
‘I would like to see what that would bring but I guess it’s up to Sally and what she wants to do.’
But viewers could be waiting a while to see Daisy-Edgar Jones star as Marianne again, as Director Lenny Abrahamson said a second series may not be until 2025
Director Lenny Abrahamson has also raised hopes of revisiting the characters, but not until 2025.
‘We’ve talked about the possibility of how interesting it would be to check back in with them,’ he said.
‘But apart from just general musings over a drink, there have been no concrete discussions. As Sally says, the book stops where it stops because it feels right. But I have a sneaking feeling in the back of my head that if everybody was willing, and if the stars aligned, I’d love to revisit them in five years and find out what happened.’
Mescal has previously said he would be interested in a sequel, saying: ‘If I got the opportunity to play him again, amazing.’
A second series would be welcomed by BBC bosses. The drama’s 12 episodes had 23 million downloads on iPlayer and has been a hit in both Ireland and America.
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