2017 will forever be the year that Call Me By Your Name reminded us exactly what it was like to be young, in love and miserable. Following its success and awards love (including an Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay), director Luca Guadagnino has confirmed that he is in fact working on a sequel. But what’s next for the gently doomed romance between Elio and Oliver?
Here’s everything you need to know about the sequel, from the plot to its release date:
WHAT IS THE CALL ME BY YOUR NAME 2 RELEASE DATE?
It’s no secret that Guadagnino is keen to get on with the sequel, and has said that the movie could come as soon as 2020. Call Me By Your Name 2 doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it sounds as though it’ll probably be his next project after his newest movie is out.
That movie is Suspiria – a remake of Dario Argento’s horror classic, which will star two returning Guadagnino collaborators, Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson. It will be released later in 2018.
IS THERE A CALL ME BY YOUR NAME 2 BOOK?
Call Me By Your Name was adapted from the André Aciman book of the same name, and while there’s no sequel novel, the original does reveal something of what happens to Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) after their summer romance.
The book includes an epilogue in which the characters encounter each other over the years, with Elio visiting the now married-with-children Oliver 15 years later. Oliver also returns to Italy five years after that to learn that Elio’s father has died.
As we’ll see, the sequel is likely to chart its own, new course through their lives. But Aciman has been working with Guadagnino on the plot, and we know that the movie version of Oliver was engaged to be married to a woman, so some elements of separation and regret from the novel’s end could be incorporated into the new story.
WHAT IS THE PLOT FOR CALL ME BY YOUR NAME 2?
The Call Me By Your Name movie ends with Elio quietly coming to terms with Oliver’s engagement. Where can the sequel take our hero next?
Guadagnino has already been dropping details about the plot, which will be set ‘five or six years afterwards,’ placing it in the late 1980s. And he has some grand themes he wants to tackle in the movie.
The director has confirmed that the AIDS crisis will likely play a large part in the story, as well as other events going on in the world at that time including the Gulf War and the rise of Silvio Berlusconi in Italy. Guadagnino sees the first movie as only the opening act in his characters’ story – and thinks that he’ll need five films to tell it fully.
‘The novel 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,’ Guadagnino told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘In my opinion, Call Me can be the first chapter of the chronicles of the life of these people that we met in this movie, and if the first one is a story of coming of age and becoming a young man, maybe the next chapter will be, what is the position of the young man in the world, what does he want — and what is left a few years later of such an emotional punch that made him who he is?’
The setting will also look beyond the beautiful north Italy setting, with Guadagnino promising the film will take his stars ‘around the world’.
WILL ARMIE HAMMER AND TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET STAR IN THE SEQUEL?
By all accounts, Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet had an enjoyable – if emotional – time shooting Call Me By Your Name.
It brought the then 20-year-old Chalamet to our attention, and established Hammer as something other than the star of a series of big-budget flops like The Lone Ranger and The Man from UNCLE. It also bagged Chalamet a Best Actor nod at the Oscars, making him the third-youngest nominee in that category in Academy Award history.
All that considered, it comes at little surprise that the Call Me By Your Name sequel is in line to bring the family back together, with the two stars’ involvement apparently confirmed by Guadagnino. He’s probably already plotting how to make sure that he doesn’t have to edit Hammer’s genitals out of the movie in post-production. Again.
While speaking about the sequel, the director praised his other cast members Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar and Esther Garrel – so we’d bet he was trying to arrange for them to return, too.
In an with Italian magazine La Repubblica in April 2020, the director also said: ‘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,’ the Italian director confirmed.
Judging by his comments, James Ivory – who took home the Oscar for Call Me By Your Name – probably won’t return to write the next instalment.
WHEN IS THE CALL ME BY YOUR NAME 2 TRAILER OUT?
As you’ve probably guessed, the trailer is a long way off. They need to start shooting the movie first!
But in the meantime, we’ll leave you with the creepy first look at Guadagnino’s Suspiria.
This article originally appeared on ELLE UK.