We Are Who We Are tells the story of 14-year-old Fraser – played by IT and Beautiful Boy star Jack Dylan Grazer – who moves from New York to an Italian military base with his mothers, portrayed by Sevigny and Alice Braga. On his arrival, Fraser meets Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón), a teenager who’s lived on the base for a number of years.
The coming-of-age series follows the pair as their relationship develops and they make friends, face family conflicts, and grapple with questions of identity. The trailer opens with Fraser first seeing Caitlin in school, before she confronts him, asking: “Why are you following me?”
As the clip continues, the two get closer, going on adventures and meeting each other’s parents – Caitlin’s dad (played by Kid Cudi) questions: “What do you like about that boy?”, to which she replies: “He understands me.”
Faith Alabi is also on board as Caitlin’s mother, while Martin Scorsese’s daughter, Francesca Scorsese, makes her on-screen debut as the outspoken, sexually uninhibited Britney. Corey Knight stars as good-natured soldier Craig, Beatrice Barichella portrays local girl Valentina, and Ben Taylor plays Caitlin’s possessive boyfriend and Craig’s brother, Sam.
Earlier this month, shortly after HBO teased the series, Guadagnino told Variety that We Are Who We Arecouldn’t be further from his critically acclaimed 2017 film, Call Me By Your Name. “I will never complain about people’s laziness,” he said, “but that (comparison) sounds very lazy.”
He continued: “Call Me By Your Name is about the past seen through the prism of a cinematic narrative, and this is about the here and now. This is about the bodies and souls of now. I think they are so different. The effects of the 2016 election are still being felt here, right now. The seismic shift throughout America and the world of what it meant that Obama’s presidency was followed by Trump’s presidency, and how people did not see it coming, are still being grappled with.”
We Are Who We Are will debut on September 14 on HBO. Watch the trailer above.