Cookies help us deliver our Services. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Bones And All - What We Know So Far

Director Luca Guadagnino and Timothée Chalamet are officially reuniting for a new film. The Italian director and rising Hollywood star previously collaborated on the acclaimed 2017 romantic drama "Call Me By Your Name," which became an awards season darling and led to four Oscar nominations (including a Best Actor nod for Chalamet). Now audiences will have to wait and see if they can recreate that onscreen magic in their upcoming film "Bones and All," which is shaping up to be a much darker romantic tale than "Call Me By Your Name."

"Bones and All" is based on Camille DeAngelis' novel of the same name. The forthcoming film adaptation also drew attention not just because of Guadagnino and Chalamet's reunion, but because of its subject matter — cannibalism (which, by coincidence, links back to "Call Me By Your Name" actor Armie Hammer's cannibal fetish and abuse scandal from early 2021, via Complex).

Thankfully, "Bones and All" is completely fictional and will also feature some exciting actors like Chloë Sevigny, Michael Stuhlbarg, and "Waves" breakout star Taylor Russell. Let's break down what we know about the film below.

When is the release date of Bones and All?

As of June 2021, no official release date for "Bones and All" has been announced yet. But the film began principal photography in late May, according to Variety, and will likely film throughout the summer, so a late 2022 or early 2023 release date seems likely.

"Bones and All" was first announced in January 2021. It was written by Guadagnino's frequent collaborator David Kajganich, who also wrote the screenplays for his movies "A Bigger Splash" and "Suspiria." At the time of the announcement, Chalamet and Russell were announced as the film's leads, with Guadagnino already attached to direct.

The movie is being filmed in Cincinnati, Ohio, a major change of scenery for Guadagnino, who typically shoots in his native country of Italy or other locations in Europe. In fact, "Bones and All" marks the first time the director has ever filmed a movie in the United States.

Who is in the cast of Bones and All?

Taylor Russell stars in "Bones and All" as Maren Yearly, a young woman with the mysterious urge to kill and eat her loved ones. The actress is best known for her performance as Emily, a Florida teenager struggling to hold her family together in the 2019 drama "Waves." She also led the 2019 horror film "Escape Room," playing a young woman trapped in a deadly maze.

Timothée Chalamet, who previously worked with Guadagnino in "Call Me By Your Name," portrays her love interest, a fellow drifter and cannibal named Lee. Ahead of "Bones and All," viewers can see him in the upcoming 2021 films "The French Dispatch" and "Dune."

Several other notable actors are also joining the two young lovers in this project. Stuhlbarg, who played Chalamet's father in "Call Me By Your Name," will also reunite with Guadagnino, as well as his "We Are Who We Are" collaborator Chloë Sevigny. Other cast members include Jessica Harper, Tom O'Brien, Francesca Scorsese, André Holland, Mark Rylance, David Gordon Green, and Anna Cobb.

What is the plot of Bones and All?

Adapted from DeAngelis' 2016 novel, "Bones and All" centers on Maren (Taylor Russell), who sets out to find her missing father in an effort to explain her cannibalistic urges. During her time as a drifter in Ronald Reagan's America, she falls for Lee (Timothée Chalamet), another cannibal and young person on the margins of society. 

According to Deadline, the two embark on a "thousand-mile" odyssey across the country, and "despite their best efforts, all roads lead back to their terrifying pasts and to a final stand that will determine whether their love can survive their otherness."

Based on this description, it seems like the film will continue using DeAngelis' original metaphor for cannibals as disenfranchised people harmed by Reagan's America in the 1980s.

Guadagnino and Chalamet fans can look forward to seeing how this unconventional romance will unfold onscreen when "Bones and All" hits movie theaters sometime within the next few years.