Big news: Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer will continue their steamy on-screen chemistry in director Luca Guadadigno’s follow up to the wildly successful Call Me By Your Name.
Ever since André Aciman’s literary sequel arrived in 2018, resuming the pair’s relationship several years after the events of the first novel, the idea of anyone but Hammer and Chalamet reprising their roles as Oliver and Elio respectively seemed inconceivable. Oscar-win notwithstanding, the film struck a resonant and empowering chord across the world, bringing a story of homosexual romance into the mainstream thanks to the outstanding performances from both actors.
Speaking to Italian magazine La Republica, Guadadigno confirmed the news we’d all been desperate to hear, “Before coronavirus, I had a trip to the United States to meet a writer I love very much, whose name I don’t want to say, to talk about the second part. Unfortunately, we had to cancel it. Of course, it is a great pleasure to work with Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Esther Garrel and the other actors. Everyone will be in the new movie.”
Despite the release of Aciman’s second novel, doubt remains over whether the second film will follow the book or whether Guadadigno will return to the first book for inspiration. As he points out, “The novel [Find Me] has 40 pages at the end that goes through the next 20 years of the lives of Elio and Oliver. So there is some sort of indication through the intention of author André Aciman that the story can continue.” Sounds like a trilogy to us.