Timothée Chalamet is reuniting with the director of oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino, in an upcoming horror-love story about young cannibals drifting across the United States.
Following the success of Call Me By Your Name, and the immediate and global rise to stardom of Timothée Chalamet, the reuniting of the young actor and director Luca Guadagnino has been awaited and expected. But what we didn’t expect was for it to be a young cannibal love story, Bones And All.
Set to star alongside Chalamet in this coming-of-age horror film is Escape Room and Waves breakout star, Taylor Russell. The well-known cast also includes standouts Mark Rylance, Chloë Sevigny, André Holland, Jessica Harper, Francesca Scorsese and David Gordon Green. Chalamet and Guadagnino are also reuniting with fellow Call Me By Your Name star Michael Stuhlbarg.
This will be Guadagnino’s first film set and shot in the United States, in the Ohio Tri-State area.
“I’ve been totally influenced by the American culture, American cinema and now, American landscape,” said the Italian filmmaker on a lunch break interview with Deadline.
The film is an adaptation of a Camille DeAngelis novel with the same name. The script was written by David Kajganich who has previously worked with the Call Me By Your Name director on A Bigger Splash and Suspiria. Following the cancellation of the Call Me By Your Name sequel and hopes to work on a Scarface remake, Guadagnino has had a busy schedule. But he told Deadline, “…while I was reading it, I felt like I knew how to make this movie.”
A Cannibal Love Story
The film’s plot follows a first love story between a young cannibal, Maren Yearly (Russell) and a drifter, Lee (Chalamet). It follows Maren’s journey to find her father that she’s never known, as she meets intense love interest, Lee. The pair travel around the back roads of Reagan’s America together as Maren looks for answers for why she can’t stop killing people, and the pair are forced to face their pasts, and whether their love can survive.
“The second I read it, I said, I think only Timothée can play this role. It was serendipity because he was in Rome and I was in Rome and we met after this year of COVID constriction, and we could meet and spend time together,” the director said.
Guadagnino also told Deadline, “I’ve been a fan of Taylor Russell since I saw her in Waves, and I made it a point to myself to make sure we found something to do together.”
There’s no doubt that the pair of young actors have been busy. Russell has recently starred in Words On Bathroom Walls that came out last year, and the last season of Netflix’s Lost in Space. We will soon see the Canadian actress in the sequel to Escape Room, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions which is set to release this July in Australia.
As for Chalamet, looking at the success of Ladybird, Little Women and Beautiful Boy, it’s clear he has had his hands full. We can expect to next see him in the highly-anticipated Dune and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, both planned to be released this year.
But while little details have been revealed, Bones and All will be a different sort of coming-of-age love story than we are used to from Chalamet. The film will be the first venture into the horror genre for the 25-year-old actor.
“He’s fantastic, a great performer and to see him soaring the way he is doing now, I feel proud of him. And this character is something very new for him, both endearing and heartbreaking,” said Guadagnino.
Filming has commenced in Ohio these past couple of weeks and the story, cast, and reuniting of Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino and Timothée Chalamet promises something new, eerie and exciting for this upcoming cannibal romance.
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