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'Normal People' Fans Will Love New BBC Series About First Love

'Normal People' Fans Will Love New BBC Series About First Love

Earlier this year, viewers became captivated by the complex love story of Marianne and Connell as told through the BBC's Normal People.

It was a searing, awkward and brutally honest depiction of first love that, for many, incited pangs of nostalgia for their own.

Now, a new BBC drama is set to explore early love once more - and it looks set to be just as confronting.

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We Are Who We Are - helmed by Oscar-nominated director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name) - is an eight-part "cinematic style" TV series coming to BBC Three soon.

The eight part 'We Are Who We Are' comes to BBC Three soon (Credit: BBC)
The eight part 'We Are Who We Are' comes to BBC Three soon (Credit: BBC)

Much like Sally Rooney's novel adaptation, it is said to explore themes of friendship, first-love, identity, immersing the audience in "all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager". Sound familiar?

Starring Jack Dylan Grazer and Jordan Kristine Seamón, it tells the story of two American teens who live on a U.S. military base in Italy.

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Fraser (played by Grazer), a shy and introverted 14-year-old, has moved from New York to a military base in Veneto with his mothers, Sarah (Chloë Sevigny) and Maggie (Alice Braga), who are both in the U.S. Army.

Jack Dylan Grazer stars as Fraser (Credit: BBC)
Jack Dylan Grazer stars as Fraser (Credit: BBC)

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Caitlin (Seamón), a seemingly bold and confident young girl, has lived with her parents on the base for several years and speaks Italian.

According to the BBC: "Compared to her older brother Danny (Spence Moore II), Caitlin has the closer relationship with their father, Richard (Kid Cudi), and does not communicate well with her mother Jenny (Faith Alabi).

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"Caitlin is the lynchpin of her group of friends, which includes Britney (Francesca Scorsese), an outspoken, witty, sexually uninhibited girl; the cheerful and good-natured Craig (Corey Knight), a soldier in his twenties.

"There's also Sam (Ben Taylor), Caitlin's possessive boyfriend, and Craig's younger brother; Enrico (Sebastiano Pigazzi), a playful eighteen-year-old from Veneto, who has a weak spot for Britney; and Valentina (Beatrice Barichella), an Italian girl."

Jordan Kristine Seamón plays Caitlin (Credit: BBC)
Jordan Kristine Seamón plays Caitlin (Credit: BBC)

Director Luca Guadagnino says: "With We Are Who We Are we are attempting to portray the here and now of two families, few generations, many exciting people.

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"To see the world from their perspective it is what I am delighted to share with UK audiences. To do so thanks to the prestigious and remarkable BBC is an accomplishment and a soothing encouragement."

Sounds great doesn't it? And if that isn't enough, the series was an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight - which is high HIGH praise in film talk.

Corey Knight plays Craig (Credit: BBC)
Corey Knight plays Craig (Credit: BBC)

While there's no official release date for We Are Who We Are yet, we have no doubt it'll make the same splash as Normal People did back in April. Exciting.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

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Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.