Everybody has their muses and for filmmaker Luca Guadagnino it has been both Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson with the pair having done two films onscreen together with Luca – “A Bigger Splash” and the soon to open “Suspiria” remake (Swinton also did “I Am Love” and “The Protagonists” with Luca on her own).
The one recent film of his that neither was involved in was the Oscar-nominated “Call Me By Your Name” which the filmmaker has recently been teasing a sequel to. That film will follow the relationship between Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) several years after their passionate love affair over several weeks of an Italian summer.
That film ended with a phone call set months later where Oliver tells Elio he is engaged. This week, in a lengthy New Yorker profile (via Indiewire), it has been revealed that Guadagnino wants Johnson to play the wife of Hammer’s Oliver. In fact, he already has some ideas about the character, saying: “She has to be a New England kind of hoochie woman” and adds that Oliver and his wife will ‘have, maybe, five children’ in the film.
Guadagnino plans to direct the sequel and says he’s facing one major issue right now: “The only problem is the title. It cannot be ‘Call Me by Your Name Two.'” That admission has already led to much speculation online from more serious suggestions like “…and I’ll Call You By Mine” and “I Remember Everything” to the more jovial “Call Me by Your Name: Tokyo Drift” and “Call Me By Your Name II: Peaches & Cream”.
He also confirmed he has fully left the thriller “Rio” which has been set to star Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal. Edward Berger takes over directing from Guadagnino who left over scheduling issues, saying he wasn’t given enough prep time and at this point in his career there’s no point in accommodating a rush request.