Timothée Chalamet virtually referred to as Oliver by a unique identify.
Screenwriter and producer James Ivory reveals in his new memoir, Solid Ivory, that the position of Oliver was practically given to actor Shia LaBeouf as an alternative of Armie Hammer.
In an excerpt printed by GQ, Ivory remembers assembly with LaBeouf in New York City, the place the Even Stevens actor did a studying with Timothée, who performed Elio, Oliver’s lover.
“Luca [Guadagnino] and I had been blown away,” Ivory writes. “The reading by the two young actors had been sensational; they made a very convincing hot couple.”
However, Ivory claims that LaBeouf was “dropped” from rivalry after a run of “bad publicity.”
The screenwriter, who was initially alleged to direct the movie, went on to say, “Luca cast Armie Hammer and never spoke to, or of, Shia again.”
Prior to contemplating LaBeouf, Ivory was “doubtful” the Transformers star might do Andre Aciman‘s character justice. As he put it, “He’s an extremely good actor. But as an academic writing about the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, he would be a stretch.”