Director confirms original stars will return for ‘Call Me By Your Name’ sequel

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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As if we didn’t have enough reason to look forward to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, news from “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino has delivered us a much-needed ray of hope for the future.

In an interview with Italian newspaper LaRepubblica, the acclaimed filmmaker seems to have confirmed that the planned sequel to the Oscar-winning 2017 coming-of-age movie will reunite stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, along with others from the cast of the original film.

An adaptation of André Aciman’s novel of the same name, “Call Me By Your Name” instantly became an essential “must-see” pillar of the LGBTQ cinematic canon with its bittersweet, nostalgic tale of a romance between a teen boy named Elio and his father’s research assistant, Oliver. Set during a pre-AIDS era summer in the Italian countryside, the film garnered much acclaim and multiple awards, catapulting Chalamet to the top of Hollywood’s “A-list” and revitalizing the career of co-star Hammer. In addition, it earned much-deserved recognition for its producer and screenwriter, veteran filmmaker James Ivory, from a new generation of film buffs.

In the wake of the film’s success, Aciman released “Find Me,” a sequel novel set ten years later and placing more focus on the character of Elio’s father, Sami. The story continues for an additional decade from there. Guadagnino has previously suggested that his film sequel would be set “just a few years” after the original, and would explore the AIDS crisis in Berlin in 1989, veering from the direction taken by Aciman in “Find Me.”

Whether that plot diversion will remain in place is still unclear; in the Italian interview, the director revealed that, though he has someone in mind to pen the screenplay for the new film, a scheduled meeting in the US to discuss the project with that writer – whose identity he is keeping quiet, for the time being – was cancelled, likely over concerns about the coronavirus crisis.

Still, Guadagnino had good news to share.

“It is a pleasure to work again with Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Esther Garrel and the other actors,” the filmmaker said. “They will all be in the new film.”

Stuhlbarg earned an Oscar nod in “Call Me By Your Name” for his supporting role as Sami; Garrel portrayed Marzia, the teen girl with whom Elio also has a romance.

The two lead actors have been included in discussion of the follow-up film since it was first announced shortly after the original’s success. Initially, both were gung-ho about their potential involvement, with Chalamet saying in 2018 that they were both “1000 per cent in.” However, in a 2019 interview with Vulture, Hammer expressed reservations.

“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,” the actor said. Nevertheless, he went on to add, “If we end up with an incredible script, and Timmy’s in, and Luca’s in, I’d be an asshole to say no.”

Guadagnino’s announcement would seem to indicate that the actor has been sufficiently persuaded, and though there has been no official confirmation yet from any of the actors mentioned by name, those of us who fell in love with Elio and Oliver – and the two Hollywood heartthrobs who played them – can now hold on to the hope that we will all get a chance to follow their further journey in a brighter, post-pandemic world to come.

‘Call Me By Your Name’ author André Aciman confirms he’s writing a sequel

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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André Aciman is penning a sequel to “Call Me By Your Name.”

In November, the film’s screenwriter James Ivory told Film Stage that Aciman wasn’t interested in writing a sequel to the 2007 novel.

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Armie Hammer promises ‘Call Me By Your Name’ sequel ‘will happen’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Elio and Oliver’s story will continue, according to Armie Hammer.

In an interview with Variety, Hammer says a “Call Me By Your Name” sequel “will happen.”

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ sequel in the works

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Elio and Oliver’s story will continue in a “Call Me By Your Name” sequel.

Director Luca Guadagnino revealed he plans to draw inspiration from the latter half of the book which follows Elio and Oliver years after their summer romance.

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LGBT representation strong at 90th annual Academy Awards

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: DANIELA VEGA at the Academy Awards Sunday night. Screen capture courtesy ABC.

Despite a bloated presentation that clocked in at almost four hours, the telecast of the 90th Academy Awards had some spectacular moments, especially for LGBT movie fans.

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No LGBTQ role or film winners at 75th Golden Globes, despite multiple nominations

By : Rebekah Sager OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Start of the 75th Golden Globes live from the Beverly Hilton Jan. 7, 2018.

The 75th anniversary Golden Globes featured Hollywood actors donning all-black gowns and suits, and wearing #TimesUp pins in support in of those who have spoken out about sexual harassment and to protest gender inequality. It was a hugely important night celebrating women and women’s stories.

But many in the LGBTQ community were left puzzled by the lack of representation among the acting, directing and screenwriting category nominees and winners, even though #TimesUp resonates against homophobia too.

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Armie Hammer leaves Twitter over article calling him a ‘pedigreed white man’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Armie Hammer has deleted his Twitter account after a BuzzFeed article chalked up his success to being “a beautiful, pedigreed white man.”

Senior Buzzfeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen penned the article titled “Ten Long Years of Trying to Make Armie Hammer Happen,” which analyzes why Hammer’s career has floundered and spotlights his prestigious background as the great-grandson of an oil tycoon.

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Armie Hammer drags James Woods for age-gap dating history

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Armie Hammer went toe-to-toe with James Woods in defense of his upcoming gay drama, “Call Me By Your Name.”

The film, which is receiving Oscar buzz ahead of its Nov. 24 release, tells the story of a teenage boy (Timothée Chalamet) who falls in love with his father’s 24-year-old teaching assistant, played by Hammer.

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ trailer showcases passionate summer affair

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A steamy summer romance begins in the countryside of Italy in the trailer for the upcoming film, “Call Me By Your Name.”

24-year-old American scholar Oliver (Armie Hammer) comes to Italy to stay at a professor (Michael Stuhlbarg)’s villa to assist him. The professor’s 17-year-old son Elio (Timothée Chalamet) finds himself falling for the older man who appears to share the same attraction.

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Screened Out – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

By : Stephen Miller
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Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki

Look sharp! Brace yourself for some dashing Mod style lightly stirred with a fast and frothy spy thriller.

With 007 and the Mission: Impossible films still on our radars after decades, one might argue that we don’t need yet another franchise in this oeuvre. Director and co-writer Guy Ritchie’s take on the popular ‘60s TV show says otherwise. It’s a charming, clever and breezy lark with enough style for three films – escapist cinema at its most foppish.

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