So, we just heard Luca Guadagnino is no longer ‘focused” on the “Call Me By Your Name” sequel, and while that sounds fine and all, it’s likely because of all the troubles that have befallen Armie Hammer, the subject of various sexual misconduct allegations. So, it’s clear that Guadagnino is excited about his new film, “Bones & All,” and a press release for the film notes that production has begun today.
We already know the movie is a cannibalism drama and stars Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell (breakout star of A24‘s “Waves“) And as a film fan, you should probably be excited also, as the filmmaker has lined up an extraordinary cast to star in his film about two young lovers that travel across Ronald Reagan’s America and are forced to confront their dark pasts. The film stars Chalamet, Taylor Russell, and now the full cast revealed: Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg, André Holland, Jessica Harper (from the original “Suspiria“), two stars from Guadagnino’s recent HBO mini-series “We Are Who We Are,” Chloe Sevigny and Francesca Scorsese (yes, Martin Scorsese‘s daughter), and David Gordon-Green. Yes, “Halloween” director David Gordon Green is acting in the film (to be fair, he acted in some early shorts early in his career and recently turned up on “The Righteous Gemstones” in a small part).
“David is my friend, a great filmmaker, and when I read those roles I thought of Michael [Stuhlbarg], and David,” Guadagnino told Deadline today “When I sent the script to David, he said, ‘You’re mad, and I’m’ in.’ So he’s in. I asked him to change his looks radically, and he’s done that. I do like discovering, so I’m launching the acting career of David Gordon Green, the great filmmaker.”
It should be noted, Gordon Green was originally supposed to direct “Suspiria” before vacating the project, and then Guadagnino took over. The production is the filmmaker’s first U.S.-set feature film, and principal photography commences this week. The film is adapted from the novel “Bones & All” by Camille DeAngelis and the screenplay written by his longtime collaborator David Kajganich (“Suspiria,” “A Bigger Splash.”)
Here’s the official synopsis (which doesn’t mention cannibalism by name).
The film is a story of first love between Maren, a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee, an intense and disenfranchised drifter, as they meet and join together for a thousand-mile odyssey that takes them through the back roads, hidden passages, and trap doors of Ronald Reagan’s America. But despite their best efforts, all roads lead back to their terrifying pasts and to a final stand that will determine whether their love can survive their otherness.
Key behind-the-scenes talent includes production designer Elliott Hostetter, who previously collaborated with Guadagnino on “We Are Who We Are,” director of photography Arseni Khachaturan, frequent Guadagnino collaborator Giulia Piersanti will design the costumes, with makeup by Fernanda Perez and hair by Massimo Gattabrusi. Francine Maisler is the casting director. Add this one to 2022’s Most Anticipated list asap.