The Irish star has claimed what could be his biggest movie deal to date.

A Paul Mescal spy thriller is in the works, with the 'Normal People' star bagging the lead role of a smart and ambitious spy who goes by the name of Alec Milius.

'A Spy By Nature' is a series of novels written by British writer Charles Cumming, and so far there are just two stories in his collection - 'A Spy By Nature' and 'The Spanish Game'. The first novel is described as a "gripping story of a young man driven by ruthless ambition who finds himself chasing not just success, but survival". No doubt there are hopes that this could be the next big espionage franchise.

Paul Mescal isn't the only exciting name attached to the spy thriller, as critically-acclaimed Kevin Macdonald is attached as the film's director. The filmmaker has helmed gripping dramas in the past, including 'The Last King of Scotland', 'The Mauritian' and documentary films 'Marley' and 'Whitney'.

Macdonald was full of praise for the Irish star taking up the role of Milius: "I’ve wanted to make 'A Spy By Nature' for many years – and when I met Paul Mescal, with his beguiling mixture of intelligence, skill and youth, I knew I’d found the perfect star.

"This is a very modern spy story – sexy, dangerous, morally ambivalent – and only an actor of Paul’s talent could pull it off."

Mescal has gained huge popularity since his breakout role in the Lockdown TV series everyone was glued to in 2020 (no, not 'Tiger King'), 'Normal People'. Since then, apart from his Denny sausages advert, the Kildare native has mostly shifted his gaze to film, starring in Netflix's 'The Lost Daughter', and 2022 releases 'God's Creatures' and 'Aftersun'. He's also been cast in 'Strangers' alongside Andrew Scott, Jamie Bell and Claire Foy.