Luca Guadagnino’s After The Hunt | Julia Roberts, Andrew Garfield to star

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Following Challengers, Luca Guadagnino will next direct After The Hunt, adding Julia Roberts and Andrew Garfield to the cast.

Luca Guadagnino is flying high at the moment with the release of Challengersthe highly-anticipated love triangle tennis drama that has been scoring excellent reviews. 

Guadagnino also has Queer on the way later this year too. That sounds equally promising given that Guadagnino is directing Daniel Craig in an adaptation of the William Burroughs book of the same name. That one shot last year and is set to release sometime this year (we think).

Looking beyond that, Guagagnino has a packed slate (more on that below) but when news broke last month that the director would be working with Julia Roberts on a project for Amazon, we suspected it might get fast-tracked and that seems to be the case.

According to Deadline, Andrew Garfield is in final talks to join After The Hunt, and the British actor will star opposite Roberts in what is being dubbed as a ‘dramatic thriller’ that Guadagnino will shoot this summer.

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Here’s the synopsis:

‘The film is an intense dramatic thriller about a college professor (Roberts) who finds herself at a personal and professional crossroads when a star pupil levels an accusation against one of her colleagues and a dark secret from her own past threatens to come to light.’

No word on whether Garfield will play the (mature?) student role, or the accused colleague. The trade reports that the script was one of the most coveted in Hollywood and while that’s no doubt marketing buzz to some degree, the talent involved is undeniable.

Guadagnino does have a few other projects which are on the backburner, it seems: there’s a sequel to Call Me By Your Name and an adaptation of Lord Of The Flies that are said to be in the works, although we have no idea whether they will actually happen.

Then last month Guadagnino added an adaptation of Pier Vittorio Tondelli’s Italian cult novel Separate Rooms to his towering slate. The latter project was said to be his next film at the time the report was published but we now know that’s not the case.

We’ll bring you more casting as we hear it.

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