Gay Drama “Call Me By Your Name” starring Armie Hammer headed for Sundance

Armie Hammer (The Social NetworkThe Birth Of A Nation) stars in the lead role of the film adaptation of Andre Aciman’s popular novel “Call Me By Your Name,” which has just been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22.

Hammer plays a 24-year-old American student spending the summer in Italy where he meets a 17-year-old, played by Timothée Chalamet (Interstellar) in the late 80’s. The two experience a number of sexually charged moments before jumping into a full fledged affair with one another.

The Wrap reports that the novel contains several sexually explicit scenes, and that it’s unknown if they will be included in the film’s final cut.

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“The film’s rating isn’t known yet, but the book involves several sexually explicit scenes that could raise the ratings board’s eyebrows if they end up in the finished cut.”

Hammer has “played gay” before; he played the lover of Leonardo DiCaprio’s J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s J.Edgar.

h/t: Towleroad