It’s been three years since Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer stole our collective hearts in Call Me By Your Name, and now they’re set to do it again, as the pair are reprising their roles as Elio and Oliver in the upcoming sequel.
Luca Guadagnino is also returning to direct the adaptation of André Aciman’s follow-up novel, Find Me. In an interview with Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Guadagnino revealed the news, saying: “Of course, it’s a great pleasure to work with Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg (who plays Elio’s father, Samuel), Esther Garrel (Elio’s love interest, Marzia), and the other actors – they will all be in the new film.”
The movie sequel has been hotly anticipated since Aciman announced Find Me in December 2018. According to the publishing house, the book follows “Elio’s father, Samuel, now divorced, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit his son, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train leads to a relationship that changes Sami’s life definitively. Elio soon moves to Paris where he also has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a professor in northern New England with sons who are nearly grown, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return visit to Europe”. It’s currently unclear whether the film adaptation will follow the same trajectory of the book.
In an interview with Dazed, reflecting on Call Me By Your Name as one of the definitive films of the last decade, Guadagnino said he always wanted Chalamet and Hammer to play the leads. “I hadn’t thought of anybody else. The movie changed many times before I became the last director to take the helm of it. When I was given the wand of command on the direction, I got exactly who I wanted.”