Timothée Chalamet certainly owes a debt to Luca Guadagnino. Despite his early turns in a range of big and small screen projects including Homeland, Men, Women & Children, Interstellar and Miss Stevens, it was Call Me By Your Name, the Italian auteur’s rhapsodic love story set in the fields and lakes of northern Italy, that sent the 26-year-old actor stratospheric. It established him as a Hollywood heartthrob, led to an Oscar nomination, and paved the way for him to secure starring roles in everything from Lady Bird and Little Women to The French Dispatch and Dune. Now, fittingly, he is returning to work with Guadagnino on his latest sun-dappled drama–and it’s one that could lead to awards glory for both of them.
Titled Bones and All, it’s an adaptation of Camille DeAngelis’s compelling novel of the same name, which tracks a pair of teenage cannibals. The film’s log line describes it as “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 1,000-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.”
While Chalamet will play the brooding Lee, Taylor Russell, who broke out in Trey Edward Shults’s hallucinatory Waves, takes on the part of Maren. Meanwhile, the supporting cast includes Chloë Sevigny, Mark Rylance, André Holland and Michael Stuhlbarg who, of course, played the kind-hearted father of Chalamet’s character in Call Me By Your Name.
The coming-of-age thriller is due to hit cinemas on 23 November, but before that, it will premiere at next month’s Venice Film Festival. The announcement was made by the film’s official Twitter account on 26 July, and was accompanied by two new stills. The first shows Russell’s Maren gazing into the eyes of Chalamet’s dishevelled Lee, and the second sees the pair in the back of a pick-up truck, caked in dirt and presumably in the midst of their epic cross-country journey.
#BonesAndAll, directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Taylor Russell & @realchalamet, will premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival.#BiennaleCinema2022 #Venezia79 #MGMStudios pic.twitter.com/GcxFBifXQN
— Bones and All (@BonesAndAllFilm) July 26, 2022
Although the film is likely to mark Chalamet’s only appearance on screen this year (we last saw him as Jennifer Lawrence’s backwards-cap-wearing love interest in 2021’s Don’t Look Up), his devoted fanbase also have two major blockbusters to look forward to in 2023: Dune: Part Two, which is scheduled to drop in November and features him reprising his role as desert warrior Paul Atreides, and Wonka, which lands in December, and has him playing a younger iteration of the titular chocolate factory owner. Now that’s what you call range.
This story was originally published in British Vogue.