Emmy winner Josh O’Connor and BAFTA winner Paul Mescal will star in the gay romance The History of Sound.

Based on the Pushcart Prize-winning story by American author Ben Shattuck, the story follows two young men, Lionel and David who, during the WW1 period, set out to record the lives, voices and music of their countrymen.

The official logline reads: “In this snatched, short-lived moment in their young lives, and while discovering the epic sweep of the U.S., both men are deeply changed.”

Moffie director Oliver Hermanus will take the director’s chair. Andrew Kortschak, Lisa Ciuffetti will produce alongside Andrea Roa.

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Hermanus stated “Paul and Josh are two of the most promising actors of their generation who will share with us deeply soulful performances. This is an unexpected love story that needs to be told — it is a journey through the life of America, across the 20th century and the traditions of American folk music, all seen through the bond between two men immersed in the history of sound.”

Filming is due to begin in the summer of 2022 in the US, UK and Italy.

Mescal won a BAFTA for his performance in the BBC’s ‘Normal People,’ alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones. He most recently starred alongside Olivia Colman in Venice Film Festival winner ‘The Lost Daughter,’ directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

O’Connor won a Golden Globe and Emmy for his portrayal of a Young Prince Charles in the Netflix series ‘The Crown.’ He will next be seen in ‘Mothering Sunday’ alongside Olivia Colman and Colin Firth.