No, Paul Mescal Hasn't Been Cast in the “Beach Read” Adaptation — Yet: 'I Love All the Ideas,' Director Says

'Beach Read' screenwriter and director Yulin Kuang teased that she's definitely not ruling out the Oscar nominee for the lead role in the upcoming adaptation

<p>Samir Hussein/WireImage; Berkley</p> Paul Mescal (left) and the cover art for <em>Beach Read</em>

Samir Hussein/WireImage; Berkley

Paul Mescal (left) and the cover art for Beach Read

Paul Mescal may not be confirmed to be in the cast for the film adaptation of Beach Read yet — but writer and director Yulin Kuang is definitely not opposed to the idea. 

In a recent interview with Etalk, Kuang was asked about fans wanting Mescal, 28, in the upcoming movie based on the popular book and if she could share whether or not he would be in the project.

Kuang shared that they are “not having those conversations” about casting yet since the project is still in the early development stages. “I just delivered a draft to the studio… and awaiting notes on that,” she confirmed. 

However, she did say, “I love all the ideas and I love all the enthusiasm,” when it comes to Mescal’s potential casting.

<p>Jeremychanphotography/Getty</p> 'Beach Read' director Yulin Kuang


'Beach Read' director Yulin Kuang

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Back in March, Both Kuang and Beach Read author Emily Henry fueled casting rumors for the adaptation when they shared a St. Patrick’s Day selfie that Mescal took with actress Ayo Edebiri

Along with Beach Read, scripts for Henry’s other books, People We Meet on Vacation and Book Lovers, are also currently being worked on, with fans also dream-casting roles in those films as well.

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Henry told Variety in March that while she “can’t confirm or deny anything with casting… I will say that those are two of my favorite ‘Irish’ actors.” 

“I actually saw them being discussed [online] for several different roles — and I definitely have a favorite,” Henry teased in her interview. “I mean, they’re great, they could do anything.”

<p>Ayo Edebiri/Instagram</p> From Left: Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri in a St. Patrick's Day selfie

Ayo Edebiri/Instagram

From Left: Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri in a St. Patrick's Day selfie

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Both Mescal and Edebiri, 28, also shared their interest in appearing alongside one another in a future project. At the Met Gala 2024, Edebiri told Entertainment Tonight that she was open to working on a rom-com with Mescal and that “the chances are dependent on both of our schedules and if we get a good script.” 

Mescal previously told Awards Watch in 2023 that in the next five years, he is going to “set myself a challenge to do maybe, like, a rom-com with Ayo or something like that would be cool.”

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