For Call Me By Your Name, Timothée Chalamet could have given the answer to a completely different actor. Instead of Armie Hammer, we could have seen him facing … Shia LaBeouf.
Could Elio have loved another Oliver in Call Me By Your Name? This is what emerges from an interview given by James Ivory to GQ in which he reveals that originally, it is not Armie Hammer who was to give the reply to Timothée Chalamet in this romance, but well … Shia LaBeouf!
At first doubtful about the choice of Fury’s actor for the role of Oliver, screenwriter James Ivory admitted that once reunited, the chemistry between the actors was palpable:
Shia came to New York with Timothée Chalamet paying for his train ticket himself, and [le réalisateur Luca Guadagnino] and I were blown away. The reading between the two actors was sensational; they were a very convincing hot couple.
And yet, he will not have the role. For a simple reason related to the private life of the ex-hero of Transformers:
“(…) Shia (…) was abandoned. He had received bad publicity. He had fought with his girlfriend and refused to cooperate with the police when he was apprehended and she was trying to calm him down. Luca refused to call him or his agent. I emailed Shia to reassure him, but Luca chose Armie Hammer and never spoke to Shia again. “
And that’s how Shia LaBeouf got kicked out of the project in favor of Armie Hammer. The film was a great success, reimbursing almost 12 times its budget, in part thanks to the charisma of Chalamet and Hammer. Despite this success, recent accusations towards the latter, however, put a brake on the desires of a Call Me By Your Name 2.
In the meantime, Luca Guadagnino has found Timothée Chalamet to box Bones & All, a horror film still without a release date, but shot. The tale will follow Maren Yearly, a sixteen-year-old girl looking for her father (Taylor Russell) allying with a vagrant (Chalamet) to understand why she wants to kill and eat her neighbor.