Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino appears to have confirmed that the sequel movie will reunite the cast from the first film.
Starring Timothée Chalamet as Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the 2017 coming-of-age movie – an adaptation of André Aciman’s novel of the same name – won an Oscar and has become an instant gay classic.
While details of the sequel are unknown, Guadagnino told Italian newspaper LaRepubblica that he was due to go to the US to meet with a potential writer, but that meeting has been cancelled – presumably due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He told the the publication: "It is a pleasure to work again with Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Esther Garrel, and the other actors."
“They will all be in the new movie.”
Aciman released the sequel novel, Find Me, last year, which begins 10 years after the end of Call Me By Your Name, and focuses more on Elio’s father, Sami.
A further decade or so passes during the book, so it’s unclear how closely the film sequel will follow Find Me, and how they’d tackle ageing Chalamet and Hammer to reflect the characters’ ages.
Guadagnino has previously suggested the new film might take place just a few years after the first, exploring the AIDS crisis in Berlin in 1989 – a clear diversion from Aciman’s story.
His recent comments will come as a relief to fans of Call Me By Your Name who have hoped a sequel would be forthcoming – and that it would star the now-Hollywood heartthrob actors.
In 2018, Chalamet said he and Hammer were “1000 per cent in” for reprising their roles as Elio and Oliver, but last year Hammer seemed to be having second thoughts.
“It felt like a really perfect storm of so many things, that if we do make a second one, I think we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment,” he said to Vulture, adding: “If we end up with an incredible script, and Timmy’s in, and Luca’s in, I’d be an asshole to say no.”
Check out our review of Find Me – perhaps it’s one to add to your #Queerantine reading list in anticipation.