Luca Guadagnino's tender summer romance Call Me By Your Name is heading for home release on a high, having been nominated for four Academy Awards, with James Ivory taking home a statue for Best Adapted Screenplay. Based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name stars Timothée Chalamet as Elio, the son of an antiquities professor (Michael Stuhlbarg), and Armie Hammer as Oliver, a graduate student who comes to stay at the family's villa in Northern Italy during the summer of 1983.
The movie follows the two young men as they navigate their feelings for one another - connecting over their love of books, music, and lying around in the sunshine without their shirts on. Call Me By Your Name spent a year touring film festivals prior to its wide release in the U.S. earlier this year, garnering rave reviews from audiences with its warm and well-observed take on the thrills and heartache of first love.
Call Me By Your Name is now available on Digital HD and releases on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD tomorrow, and Screen Rant has an exclusive clip from the bonus feature, "In Conversation With Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg & Luca Guadagnino." In the clip, Guadagnino explains that he was attached to the movie as a producer for many years before it finally got made, and that he had both of the lead actors in mind for the roles as soon as he met them.
"I immediately realized that Timothée was Elio. Not because he is like Elio, but because the intelligence of Timothée was perfect for the complexity of the role. So once I became the director, for me it was a no-brainer - Timothée. And Armie and I, we met seven years ago, when I was here to promote I Am Love. And I saw [Armie] in The Social Network and have been a big fan since then."
Before being made into an Oscar-winning movie, Call Me By Your Name suffered in development hell for the better part of a decade. Various directors were attached to the project (including, for a while, James Ivory), but ultimately it wasn't until the screenplay was written that the film attracted enough buzz (and, more importantly, enough financiers) to get put into production. It was during this development lengthy process that Guadagnino made A Bigger Splash, another movie about a summer vacation in Italy, which served as the second entry in the director's thematic trilogy of movies about desire. Call Me By Your Name would later became the third movie in the trilogy (which may not stop at a trilogy, given the plans for a sequel).
Chalamet first met with Guadagnino to discuss the project when he was 17 (at Trump Tower, of all places), three years before filming began. As Hammer recalls, he had a slightly longer wait between his first meeting and actually getting to make the movie:
"I went and had a wonderful afternoon with Luca. I went to his place and we sat for hours and talked about literature and art and film and... everything. And it was just one of these beautiful, beautiful conversations, and I walked out of it and I was like, 'I f---ing nailed that meeting.' And didn't hear anything from him for about six and a half years."
It might have taken a long time for Call Me By Your Name to come together - but at least it was worth the wait!
Call Me By Your Name releases on DVD and Blu-ray on March 13th, 2018. It is currently available on digital platforms.