Call Me By Your Name 2: Luca Guadagnino expresses doubts about the sequel

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The director is however delighted to find Timothée Chalamet for Bones and All, his first American film.

The filming of Bones and All just officially started in Ohio. It is the first time that the Italian director Luca Guadagnino has filmed in the United States, and for this adaptation of the eponymous novel by Camille DeAngelis, he surrounded himself with actors he knows well: Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg ( both in Call Me By Your Name), Chloe Sevigny, Francesca Scorsese (who play in a series We Are Who We Are) or Jessica Harper, whom he directed in Suspiria. As well as some new to his universe: Taylor Russell (Waves), Mark Rylance (The Bridge of Spies) and David Gordon Green (the director of the last Halloween).

First presented as “a cannibal movie”, Bones and All now has an official synopsis, relayed by Deadline : “This is the story of a first love, shared by Maren (Russell), a young girl who learns to survive in a marginal society, and Lee (Chalamet), an intense wanderer, who meet and embark on an odyssey of several thousand kilometers, through the small roads, secret passages and winding paths that lead into the America of Ronald Reagan. Despite their efforts, all these roads bring them back to their terrifying pasts, and to ‘to a final which will have to determine if their love can resist the others. “

Timothée Chalamet and Luca Guadagnino reunite for a cannibal film

“I was completely influenced by American culture, comments the filmmaker to the cinema magazine. By his seventh art and now by his landscapes. I am very proud and happy to film this country. The last few months have been incredible for me, I have been able to discover a magnificent and little seen part of the United States. “ Luca Guadagnino was also delighted to meet Timothée Chalamet for the occasion: “As I read the book, I immediately thought of him for this role. It was perfect because at the time I was in Rome, and he too, we got to meet again after this year of restrictions because of the Covid. We could spend time together. He’s fantastic, he’s a good actor and to see him deploy his talent like he is doing, that makes me very proud. This character represents something new to him , both endearing and heartbreaking. “

Their reunion was originally supposed to take place on Call Me By Your Name 2 (Guadagnino wanted to find his actors a few years later and tell the story of their characters at regular intervals, a bit like Boyhood), But Deadline writes that the director has set “to doubt” of this project, and that“he seems to have moved on.” The accusations of sexual assault and rape that weigh on Armie Ammer, the film’s second star, have cast doubt on this sequel project, not to mention that Chalamet is now very busy: in addition to Dune and of The French Dispatch, which are filmed and should be released this year, he has just been chosen by Paul King to play Willy Wonka in a prequel to Charlie and the chocolate factory. “The truth is, my heart is still very attached to Call Me …, reacted the director, but that right now, I’m focused on this other project, Bones and All. Then, I hope to shoot my Scarface soon, and I still have other ideas in mind, other feature films that I would like to shoot on this side of the Atlantic … “Call Me By Your Name 2 therefore seems for the moment at a standstill.

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