- A “Call Me By Your Name” sequel would feature Armie Hammer’s character, the movie’s director said.
- The 2017 film starred Hammer and Timothée Chalamet and won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
- Sexual assault allegations against Hammer came out in 2021, and the actor has not worked since.
Luca Guadagnino has said that a potential sequel to “Call Me by Your Name” would still feature Armie Hammer’s character, even though the actor has been accused of abuse and sexual assault by multiple women.
The 2017 film, based on a novel by Andre Aciman, chronicled the passionate love story between teenager Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his father’s research assistant, Oliver (Hammer), during a summer in 1980s Italy. It scored four Oscar nominations and took home the award for best adapted screenplay.
Guadagnino — who has reunited with Chalamet for the cannibal romance “Bones and All” — told Variety that he “would love to make a second and third and fourth chapter” of all his previous feature films, which also include “I Am Love” (2009), “A Bigger Splash” (2015), and “Suspira” (2018).
“Why? Because I truly love the actors I work with, so I want to repeat the joy of doing what we did together,” he explained.
The filmmaker added that he still has a “wish and a desire” to continue the story of “Call Me by Your Name,” although the project was shelved in 2021 after a series of sexual allegations against Hammer came to light.
He said: “There is no hypothesis, so there is no movie. It’s a wish and a desire, and I have not made up my mind about what would be the story.”
When asked whether the follow-up would still include Hammer’s character, Guadagnino responded: “Yeah, of course.”
Instead of following the plot of Aciman’s second novel about Elio and Oliver, “Find Me,” Guadagnino suggested that the sequel could focus on Mafalda (Vanda Capriolo), the housekeeper of the central family’s summer home. “I would be very interested in seeing what is the life of Mafalda when she’s not around the family,” he said.
Hammer has remained out of the spotlight since early 2021, although his most recent film, “Death on the Nile,” was released earlier this year. The Agatha Christie murder mystery was filmed before the 36-year-old actor was accused of sending alleged NSFW direct messages on Instagram.
The messages remain unverified by media outlets, including Insider, and detail fantasies, including drinking blood, sexual domination, and even acts of cannibalism.
Hammer’s rise and very public fall from grace became the basis of this year’s Discovery+ docuseries “House of Hammer,” which details generations of abuse allegedly carried out by the men of the Hammer lineage.
Speaking to Insider earlier this year, Armie Hammer’s aunt, Casey Hammer, said she wasn’t shocked when he was accused of sexual assault.
“To be honest with you I really wasn’t surprised or shocked,” she said. “You don’t just wake up one day and become a monster. It’s a learned behavior and again, that’s why I wasn’t shocked by a lot of what was happening.”