Paul Mescal makes music debut with original song Slip Away from new film Carmen

The Normal People star appears alongside Scream 6's Melissa Barrera in the musical drama.

Paul Mescal has made his music debut with the release of an original song, Slide Away, from his new film Carmen.

In the musical drama - directed by choreographer Benjamin Millepeid, best known for his work on Black Swan - is a modern day re-telling of the classic opera of the same name by George Bizet also starring Scream 6 final girl Melissa Barrera.

While the original Carmen's plot follows a naive solider who falls in love with the titular character, with their love affair ending in tragedy. 

The new film reshapes the narrative slightly, with Carmen (Barrera) recast as a woman seeking to escape her homeland of Mexico to cross into the US, when she runs into a bloodthirsty volunteer border guard. She escapes with a former Marine suffering from PTSD (Mescal) and they are forced on the run from the authorities.

Listen to Paul Mescal's original song, Slip Away, below.

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Overall, the Irish actor (best known for his BAFTA-winning turn as Connell in lockdown hit romantic drama Normal People and who received his first Oscar nod this year for his performance in the emotional indie drama Aftersun) contributes two songs to the new soundtrack; Slip Away and Lullaby/Beyond.

While it's hard to imagine Mescal doing a Gaga and going on full-on Shallow with this new release, it's yet another fascinating heel turn for an actor who seems determined to not play for type.

Following his breakthrough softboi-adjacent role in Normal People, Mescal has recently earned acclaim for his work on the recent West End revival of Tennessee Williams' classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, while he is now bulking up for a starring role in the long-awaited for Gladiator sequel from Ridley Scott. 

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Carmen is out now in the US. A UK release date has yet to be confirmed.

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