The Italian filmmaker appears to be channeling serious "Call Me By Your Name" vibes in his first television project.
The first trailer for Luca Guadagnino's HBO series "We Are Who We Are" is full of summery and sexy vibes that have made his "Call Me By Your Name" an international breakthrough. From the piano-heavy original score to the intimate focus on insecurities and desires of growing up, "We Are Who We Are" looks like a new variant of Guadagnino's "Call Me By Your Name" format. In other words, this eight-episode series is surely one of the most anticipated titles of the fall television season.
"We Are Who We Are" stars "It" and "Shazam" break out of Jack Dylan Grazer as an introverted 14-year-old named Fraser, who moves with his mothers from New York to an Italian military base, played by Chloë Sevigny and Alice Braga. Newcomer Jordan Kristine Seamón plays Caitlin, a confident teen who has lived on the Italian military base for several years. Fraser and Caitlin become friends, and their burgeoning relationship is put to the test as the two teenagers face personal dilemmas as they grow up on the ground.
The supporting cast also includes Kid Cudi and Faith Alabi as Caitlin's parents, Francesca Scorsese as Britney ("an outspoken, funny, sexually uninhibited girl"), Corey Knight as Craig ("a cheerful and good-natured soldier"), Beatrice Barichella as Valentina (one native Italian girl), Ben Taylor (Caitlin's boyfriend and Craig's younger brother) and Sebastiano Pigazzi as Enrico ("a playful eighteen-year-old from Veneto").
Guadagnino directed all eight episodes of the show, which he also created. The series is Guadagnino's first television project and follows his feature films "Call Me By Your Name" and "Suspiria" as well as his short film "The Staggering Girl". In an interview with Variety, Guadagnino shared his belief that "We are who we are" could not be more different than "Call me by your name".
"I will never complain about people being lazy, but that sounds very lazy," said Guadagnino. "Call Me By Your Name" is about the past seen through the prism of a cinematic narrative, and this is about the here and now. This is about today's bodies and souls. I think they are so different. "
"We Are Who We Are" will debut on September 14th on HBO. Watch the first official trailer for the series in the video below.