A sequel to the celebrated gay-centric movie Call Me By Your Name is no longer a sure thing. Armie Hammer, one of its stars, is no longer convinced that continuing the story is a good idea.
In the film, Hammer plays Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate student, who has a romantic affair with 17-year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet). And, spoiler alert, the two do not end up together in the end.
Director Luca Guadagnino said that he was working on a sequel, which would take place several years after the two met and explore the AIDS crisis.
Initially, Hammer seemed onboard with exploring more of the story of the two lovers. Now, he's not so sure it's a good idea.
“I don’t know that anything will match up to the first, you know?" he said
. “The truth is, there have been really loose conversations about it, but at the end of the day -- I’m sort of coming around to the idea that the first one was so special for everyone who made it, and so many people who watched it felt like it really touched them, or spoke to them.
“It felt like a really perfect storm of so many things, that if we do make a second one, I think we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment.
“I haven’t had that conversation with them explicitly. But I mean, look. If we end up with an incredible script, and Timmy’s in, and Luca’s in, I’d be an asshole to say no.
“But at the same time, I’m like, ‘That was such a special thing, why don’t we just leave that alone?’”
Yes, Hammer identifies as a straight man, but even he couldn't pass up on the opportunity to make out with Chalamet again ... could he?
The story will continue, though, in book form. Author André Aciman revealed the sequel to Call Me By Your Name is coming on October 29. Find Me looks at how life has changed for Oliver, Elio, and Elio's father, Samuel.