Were we ever so young that Call Me By Your Name, rather than a global pandemic, once dominated social media? It feels like eons ago that Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 film caused a sensation, complete with four Oscar nominations and far more peach memes. Now, just when the world could use a pick-me-up, the film has returned to the headlines. Guadagnino has finally confirmed that there will be a sequel, and that it will again star Armie Hammer as Oliver and Timothée Chalamet as Elio.
“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 [of Call Me By Your Name],” Guadagnino recently told La Repubblica. “Of course, it’s a great pleasure to work with Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Esther Garrel, and the other actors—they will all be in the new film.”
Guadagnino has long danced around confirming that the film would get a sequel, or even become a trilogy. “I don’t think Elio is necessarily going to become a gay man,” the director said in 2017. “He hasn’t found his place yet. I can tell you that I believe that he would start an intense relationship with Marzia [Esther Garrel] again.” The following year, Guadagnino suggested that the film’s potential would deal with AIDS.
The novel version of the sequel that Call Be By Your Name author André Aciman released in 2019 went a different route. Titled Find Me, it instead stars Samuel, Elio’s father, who’s now divorced. He pays a visit to Elio, a classical pianist who’s living in Florence and pursuing a lawyer twice his age. Oliver, meanwhile, is living with his wife in the United States.
Many critics and fans considered the book to be a disappointment. But even if Guadagnino does stick to Aciman’s latest, an adaptation still seems promising. The director confirmed that Stuhlbarg will return as Samuel, meaning we’d likely be getting much more along the lines of his character’s beloved monologue.