Bones and All Trailer: Timothée Chalamet’s Cannibal Romance

Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet play young lovers linked by… cannibalism?
Photo: Yannis Drakoulidis/MGM

Bones and everything gets busier by the day. When the film was first announced in January 2021, it felt like Luca Guadagnino, the Italian author behind call me by your namewas trolling us. It seemed like there far too many cannibal news stories, and by that we mean the one big one in which CMBYN lead actor Armie Hammer was accused of being a cannibal, among other allegations of misconduct and assault. But Bones and everything, a film about teenage cannibals in love, is real and happening, although Guadagnino didn’t see the connection originally. “Any link [of the movie] with anything else only exists on social media, which I’m not into,” he told Deadline when asked about the Hammer situation.

Bad as the timing is for Hammer’s new timeshare career, the film marches on, anchored by the promise of the other Guadagnino protagonist, Timothée Chalamet’s sharp cheekbones and deep-set eyes. The hunger for Bones and everything continues to grow with new photos and a premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Then Timothée Chalamet promoted the film with a series of foreign, bones related tweets, just before the teaser trailer dropped. The first trailer doubles up on the blood and romance – it’s a gory feast for the eyes full of tender lust and the unspeakable freedom of the open road. And murder with blunt objects. Here’s all the information about the cast, plot and release date we know so far. Come grab a bite to eat in the trailer below.

With all the speculation about what a “cannibal love story” would look like, the question “What’s the vibe?” is essential. A teaser trailer was released on August 10, and so far the answer is that it is foreign. Even with the full trailer, which came out on September 29, we don’t get a lot of plot details, but we do get a lot of gore and longing looks.

“Don’t you think I’m a bad person?” asks Chalamet. “All I think is I love you,” responds Taylor Russell, interspersed with clips of Mark Rylance doing intense eye-acting. The trailer doubles down on the idea that this is a love story full of menacing characters.

call me by your name breakout star Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell have strapped in for the ride. Russell plays Maren, a young woman who becomes accustomed to the margins of society when she first meets Lee van Chalamet. She is known for her transcendent performance in Trey Edward Shults’ indie melodrama Waveswhich earned the actor a Gotham Award. Guadagnino is positively effusive about his two leads. “We met, and as always it was so deeply inspiring to talk to him because he’s so smart and has such a specific take on things,” he says of casting Chalamet to Deadline. Of Russell’s casting, he says, “I asked her agent, Danie Streisand, to set up a Zoom, and we talked for a while. I remember maybe half an hour, maybe she’d tell you it’s ten minutes.” I don’t know. But it was, for me, incredibly deep, and very beautiful and intense.”

The supporting cast includes the cross-generational New York It girl Chloë Sevigny and the chameleonic André Holland, best known for his roles in Moonlight and pass. David Gordon-Green, Jessica Harper, Jake Horowitz and Mark Rylance have also signed up.

These bumper stickers…
Photo: Yannis Drakoulidis/MGM

Yes. This is a (cannibal) love story. But this isn’t a bittersweet, peach-flavored, first taste of yearning in rich people’s Italian mansions. Bones and everything, based on Camille DeAngelis’ novel of the same name, follows a couple of young drifters who fall in love in a world that looks down on their propensity to eat human flesh. It also fits into the grand tradition of American road movies, in which the characters travel a thousand miles across Reagan’s America to run away from their “terrifying” past (says the film’s logline!). Guadagnino reunites with his longtime screenwriter David Kajganich for the script. “Of Bones and everything“I wasn’t interested in the shock value at all, which I hate,” he later told Deadline about the potentially shocking elements. “I was interested in these people. I understood their moral struggle very deeply. I understood what happened to them. I’m not here to judge anyone. You can make a movie about cannibals if you wrestle with them, and you don’t codify cannibalism as a subject or a tool for horror.”

“There’s something about the disenfranchised, with people living on the fringes of society, that I’m drawn to and touched by,” Guadagnino said in a statement. “I want to see where the possibilities lie before them, caught up in the impossibility they face. For me, the film is a meditation on who I am and how I can overcome what I feel, especially when it’s something I can’t control. And lastly, and most importantly, when will I be able to find myself in the gaze of the other?”

Luca Guadagnino gets the magic hour shot.
Photo: Yannis Drakoulidis/MGM

The film will premiere out of competition at the Venice Film Festival before hitting select theaters on November 18 and everywhere else on November 23, just in time for Thanksgiving. I don’t recommend cooking human parts for your turkey day meal to celebrate the film’s release. But do you.

This post has been updated.

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