Just two years ago, Timothée Chalamet entered the public consciousness with a heartbreaking performance (and that peach scene) in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. The rise that followed was stratospheric: the youngest Best Actor nominee in 79 years, a role as fuckboi Kyle in Greta Gerwig’s debut Lady Bird, taking the lead in upcoming Netflix drama The King and a place in the all-star ensemble cast of Gerwig’s Little Women adaptation this Christmas, opposite Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh.
So it’s not surprising that after two years of solidly working – alongside making friends with Kid Cudi, becoming a red carpet style icon and amassing the most passionate online fan base since One Direction – Chalabae needs to take a break. “It’s the first time in almost two years I’ve gotten a breath, so I’m savouring it”, the actor told The Hollywood Reporter recently, as we all collectively sobbed in response.
Before he takes some well-needed rest, though, the internet’s favourite boyfriend has some pretty huge upcoming projects. Here’s everything we know about his next films…
WHAT: An adaptation of the iconic 1965 science fiction novel, Dennie Villeneuve’s Dune will be the first of a two-part film franchise, with Chalamet taking on the lead role of Paul Atriedes, the son of Rebecca Ferguson’s Lady Jessica and Oscar Isaac’s Duke Leto. Legendary composer and producer Hans Zimmer will be gracing the film with an original score, while filming (which finished in July) has taken place in Budapest and Jordan. For any Chalabae stans looking to dust up on their knowledge of the film’s storyline before its release next year, the book, which is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time, has five sequels and has already been adapted in the form of David Lynch’s cult 1984 film.
WHO:Euphoria’s Zendaya will be playing Chalamet’s love interest (screams), Villeneuve regular Josh Brolin will play his mentor, and the rest of the cast includes Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem and Stephen McKinley Henderson (who was also in Lady Bird).
WHAT: Wes Anderson’s next aesthetically pleasing, stylistically symmetrical film will be The French Dispatch, a “love letter to journalists” set in a fictional French city. Not much is known about the film’s plot, but we do know that literally everyone is in the cast. Like, every actor you could possibly think of. For Anderson’s tenth feature film, initial rumours had us imagining a muted-colour-palette musical, but it’s since been confirmed that there will be no singing or dancing. We do know that the film will “bring to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine”, and the endless possibilities for actor combinations within the ultra-ensemble cast is enough to make our head spin.
WHO: *takes breath*… Chalamet, his Lady Bird co-star Saoirse Ronan, Us’s Elisabeth Moss, The Lighthouse’s Willem Dafoe, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Benicio Del Toro, The End of The Fucking World’s Alex Lawther, Frances McDormand, Bond’s Léa Seydoux, and Wes Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzmann, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody. Aaaaand breathe.
WHAT: In 2017’s Call Me By Your Name, Chalamet’s turn as equal parts horny and naive 17-year-old Elio made such an impact that it propelled him into superstardom and ignited the attention of a horde of Timmy stans. It also seemingly compelled André Aciman, author of the novel that provided the source material for Luca Guadagnino’s film, to pen an upcoming sequel called Find Me. Guadagnino and Aciman are supposedly working together for a sequel to the film, which would see Elio reunite with Armie Hammer’s Oliver, after he decided he couldn’t be with Elio due to their age gap in the first film (and we all ugly cried over Chalamet’s reaction). The director has claimed that the film, which doesn’t have a release date yet, would see Oliver and Elio reuniting somewhere other than the Italian paradise of the original, seeing them “go around the world”.
WHO: Chalamet and Hammer, obviously. Other than that, we’re not quite sure whether Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar will reprise their roles as Elio’s wise and doting parents, or Esther Garrel as his unsuspecting girlfriend Marzia – but Guadagnino did confirm that he’s asked regular collaborator Dakota Johnson to play Oliver’s wife, “a New England kind of hoochie woman”, which sounds as ridiculous as it does amazing.