Gay Actor Andrew Scott Joins the Cast of Andrew Haigh's Next Movie

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday July 1, 2022

Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott  (Source:Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Variety reported that openly gay actor Andrew Scott ("Fleabag," "Sherlock") has signed on to out filmmaker Andrew Haigh's next project: an adaptation of Taichi Yamada's novel "Strangers."

Haigh is already well-known for his gay-themed movies "Greek Pete" and "Weekend," as well as the critically acclaimed hits "45 Years" and "Lean on Pete." He's also the co-creator of the short-lived HBO gay dramedy "Looking."

Other A-listers joining the Haigh-adapted and -helmed film include Claire Foy ("The Crown," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Jamie Bell ("Rocketman," "Billy Elliot") and Paul Mescal ("Normal People").

Variety's synopsis of the movie seemingly describes a supernatural mystery with gay romantic overtones. The entertainment outlet details that the film "follows screenwriter Adam (Scott) who, one night in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, has a chance encounter with his mysterious neighbor Harry (Mescal) that punctures the rhythm of his everyday life."

"As Adam and Harry get closer, Adam is pulled back to his childhood home where he discovers that his long-dead parents (Foy and Bell) are both living and look the same age as the day they died over 30 years ago."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.