Paul Mescal and Melissa Barrera Are Star-Crossed Lovers in Benjamin Millepied’s Dazzling Modern Reimagining of Carmen

Paul Mescal and Melissa Barrera Are Star-Crossed Lovers in Benjamin Millepied’s Dazzling

Paul Mescal and Melissa Barrera are star-crossed lovers in Benjamin Millepied’s dazzling modern reimagining of Carmen, one of the world’s most beloved operas.

Described as a romance for the ages, featuring a majestic score by Academy Award nominee Nicholas Britell. Aidan, a haunted Afghanistan War vet played by Paul Mescal (the “Normal People” star appearing in yet another film role that affirms his gravitas, his poise, and his willingness “to fall into darkness backward,” as Bill Duke would suggest that all great actors do), only fits the first half of that description. Despite his military tattoo and terse demeanor, Aidan isn’t like the other unemployed ex-soldiers in the dusty town where he lives with his sister. He’s a sensitive soul who sings pretty folk songs down by the quarry (Mescal can do that, too) and has to be pressured into joining the Border Patrol on one of their highly militarized night scouts for undocumented immigrants. (Via IndieWire)

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The adaptation was written by Millepied, Loic Barrère, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris Jr. “I’m honored to have been cast alongside Melissa, an actor I greatly admire and it’s an incredible privilege to be working with Benjamin on his first feature, who has put together such an impressive creative team,” said Mescal.

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