×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Luca Guadagnino Moves Into TV With ‘We Are Who We Are’ for HBO, Sky (EXCLUSIVE)

Luca Guadagnino is set to start shooting his first TV series, “We Are Who We Are,” for HBO and Sky, “in a couple of weeks,” the director of “Call Me by Your Name” told Variety. Guadagnino is currently in Cannes with his star-studded short “The Staggering Girl,” which world-premieres Friday in Directors’ Fortnight.

We Are Who We Are” will focus on “a group of American teenagers on a U.S. military base in Italy,” Guadagnino said, particularly two 14 year olds, a boy and a girl named Fraser Wilson and Caitlin Harper. The two become close amid their posse of teenage friends, who think they’re a couple. But Fraser is experiencing confusing feelings about his identity and develops an innocent romantic connection with an older soldier.

“All the characters are from the U.S.,” Guadagnino said. Casting was done in Los Angeles, London, Africa and Italy.

The eight-episode show will be an HBO and Sky original series and is being produced by Wildside, with international sales handled by Fremantle.

Guadagnino’s short, “Staggering Girl,” fuses the aesthetics of film and haute couture and has a multi-layered plot centering on dresses and their owners. Guadagnino said he and U.S. screenwriter Michael Mitnick “tailored a story that took its cue from [Valentino creative director] Pierpaolo Piccioli’s idea of the stories that these dresses told, both emotionally and narratively.”

Julianne Moore stars as an Italian-American writer named Francesca who returns to her childhood home in Rome to pick up her aging mother, a painter. Marthe Keller, KiKi Layne, Mia Goth and Alba Rohrwacher play peripheral characters, and Kyle MacLachlan appears in multiple roles.

“Kyle is my eternal masculine,” Guadagnino said, adding: “I was in my early teens when I saw him in ‘Dune’ in the role that 40 years later will be played by Timothée Chalamet in the reboot directed by Denis Villeneuve.”

About Moore, Guadagnino said: “Piccioli and I said: ‘Who is Francesca?’ And we both said: ‘Julianne Moore!'” Casting agent Francine Maisler managed to “talk her into making a short with us,” he said.

The 35-minute short was shot in five days, four of which were in a convent on Rome’s Palatine Hill, and one on New York’s Upper East Side.

More TV

  • CBS HEADQUARTERS

    CBS-Viacom Merger Details Revealed, Shares to Trade on Nasdaq

    Negotiations between CBS and Viacom went down to the wire on the day the long-gestating transaction was finally sealed on Aug. 13. CBS Corp. and Viacom revealed the timeline of the merger talks in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday that runs more than 650 pages. Also Thursday, CBS and Viacom said the shares [...]

  • DAYBREAK

    TV Review: 'Daybreak'

    “Daybreak” fits neatly into one of the genres that seems increasingly major for Netflix: The drama that places in counterpoint the big emotions felt by teens and the literal end of the world.  To wit: “The End of the F***ing World,” a well-regarded British co-production, is returning for a second season in November; Netflix’s Sabrina [...]

  • Guy Fieri Walk of Fame Honor

    Food Network Orders 'Tournament of Champions' With Guy Fieri as Host

    Food Network and celebrity chef Guy Fieri are teaming up again, this time on a culinary competition program. The five-episode “Tournament of Champions” will feature 16 chefs going head-to-head in a series of challenges using ingredients and special cooking tools and equipment  while racing against the clock. The difficulty of the challenges increases with each [...]

  • Daisy May Cooper Signs On for

    Daisy May Cooper Signs on for Baby Cow Comedy 'The Witchfinder' for BBC Two

    Daisy May Cooper, the star of hit BBC comedy “This Country,” is to play a suspected witch being escorted to trial in seventeenth century England in new BBC Two comedy series “The Witchfinder.” Cooper will star alongside actor and comedian Tim Key, who plays a failing witchfinder transporting her to a trial that could change [...]

  • Sky Original Anna

    Sky Sets Post-Apocalyptic Italian Original, 'Anna,' With Wildside Producing (EXCLUSIVE)

    Comcast-backed Sky is making a new Italian original titled “Anna,” centered on a 13-year-old Sicilian girl who must contend with a viral contagion that has killed off all adults on the island. The series, which has echoes of “The Walking Dead” and “Hunger Games,” is based on a book by the same title by author-turned-director [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content