Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Luca Guadagnino to Reunite with Josh O’Connor for Gay Romance SEPARATE ROOMS

Luca Guadagnino to Reunite with Josh O’Connor for Gay Romance SEPARATE ROOMS
"The Crown" star Josh O'Connor is in talks to star in Luca Guadagnino's upcoming drama "Separate Rooms" based on the novel of the same name by the late Italian writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli. The film is being produced by Italy's Lorenzo Mieli under his deal with Fremantle. Mieli and Fremantle also produced Guadagnino's "Bones and All" starring Timothee Chalamet.

The story follows an Italian writer named Leo who is mourning the loss of his boyfriend. The 30-something Leo travels across Milan, Paris, London and Florence, while Thomas is a young Berlin-based pianist who is temporarily living in Paris when he first intersects with Leo. The book is divided into three parts, called "movements" which alternate between flashbacks and reflections. After meeting in Paris, the lovers begin a long affair, meeting and traveling together in different European cities over a three-year period. The two meet when they wish, but live separately, secluding themselves in their respective loneliness, though they often write each other. At one point, Thomas starts an affair with a girl, which makes Leo deeply jealous. Then Thomas is diagnosed with an illness that will lead to his death in his hometown of Munich.

A large portion of the book, which begins with Leo being called to Munich to say goodbye to his former lover, details Leo's mourning and his gradual recovery as he reminisces while traveling to England and the U.S. The book's author, Tondelli, died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 36.

Guadagnino recently announced that he will shoot the film based on Tondelli's novel "soon". The script is penned by Francesca Manieri ("We Are Who We Are").

O'Connor can next be seen in Guadagnino's upcoming tennis romantic drama "Challengers" alongside Zendaya and Mike Faist.


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