The director of The History of Sound has praised Paul Mescal and Josh O’Connor‘s chemistry in the upcoming gay drama.

Directed by Oliver Hermanus, the film is based on the Pushcart Prize-winning novel from Ben Shattuck, a collection of 12 short stories that are set across three centuries and explores generational patterns of love and loss.

The title story follows two young men in the shadows of WWI who are determined to record the lives, voices and music of their American countrymen. Lionel (Mescal) and David (O’Connor) begin to log the events, whilst falling in love in the process.

In an interview with GAY TIMES on the first day of filming (28 February), Hermanus said they’re already “on fire” in the highly-anticipated gay romance.

“I mean, they’re great friends and they get on. They love working together. This is their first time,” he shared.

Mescal, who rose to fame with his BAFTA-winning performance in Normal People and his Oscar-nominated turn in Aftersun, recently starred in the widely-acclaimed gay fantasy romance All of Us Strangers.

Before winning an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for his role as a young Charles III in Netflix’s The Crown, O’Connor had this breakthrough with Francis Lee’s lauded gay romantic drama God’s Own Country.

Hermanus compared their work ethic to Nicholas Galitzine in Sky Atlantic’s historical psychodrama Mary & George, in which he also serves as a director.

He said the Red, White & Royal Blue star “could not be more of a team player” and is “someone who goes around and is great with the team around him,” adding: “I was really grateful that somebody who was having to carry so much labour on his back could find a way of being very light and fun everyday.”

Similarly to Galitzine’s casting, Hermanus said the pairing of Mescal and O’Connor “just feels right. Going to work with them feels right because they love and care about [The History of Sound].”

According to Mubi, The History of Sound is scheduled for release in 2025. Visit here for everything we know so far.

Mary & George, which debuted on Sky Atlantic on 5 March, stars Oscar winner Julianne Moore as Mary Villiers, “a woman of humble beginnings and formidable ambition who moulded her second son, George (Galitzine), to seduce King James VI of Scotland and I of England (Tony Curran) and become his all-powerful lover.”

You can watch our interview with Oliver Hermanus and Julianne Moore here or below.