“We Are Who We Are” Trailer Reveals Luca Guadagnino’s Lush New HBO Series
Well, this looks like a series we need about now. Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria filmmaker Luca Guadagnino makes his TV debut with a brand new series for HBO. The premium cable giant has revealed the first trailer for We Are Who We Are, an eight-episode series set on a U.S. military base in Italy. The show stars Jack Dylan Grazer as a quiet, introverted 14-year-old named Fraser who becomes friends with his temperamental opposite, the confident Caitlyn, played by Jordan Kristine Seamón.
Like the great Barry Jenkins, Guadagnino is expert at getting inside the roiling emotions of the young, which he did to such a masterful degree with the stunning Call Me By Your Name, the film that cemented Timotheé Chalamet as a star. Here, the Italian auteur gets a lot more run time to explore his teenagers’ anguish, hope, and love, and he’s assembled an incredible cast to surrounded his two leads.
That cast includes Chloe Sevigny, Kid Cudi, Alice Braga, Spence Moore II, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Sebastiano Pigazzi, and Beatrice Barichella.
Check out the trailer below. We Are Who We Are premieres on September 14.
Here’s the official annoucement from HBO:
Academy Award-nominated Luca Guadagnino brings his unique cinematic style to television for the first time with the eight-episode series WE ARE WHO WE ARE, debuting MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (10:00–11:00 P.M. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. A story about two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy, the series explores friendship, first-love, identity, and immerses the audience in all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager – a story which could happen anywhere in the world, but in this case, happens in this little slice of America in Italy. The series was an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight.
WE ARE WHO WE ARE will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
Luca Guadagnino is a director, screenwriter and producer known for his visually arresting style and his affecting psychological portraits. His credits include the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated “I Am Love,” “A Bigger Splash,” the Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated box office hit “Call Me by Your Name” and, most recently, the cult film “Suspiria.”
The cast of WE ARE WHO WE ARE includes: Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II, Kid Cudi, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier and Sebastiano Pigazzi.
Jack Dylan Grazer stars as shy and introverted fourteen-year-old Fraser, who moves from New York to a military base in Veneto with his mothers, Sarah (Chloë Sevigny) and Maggie (Alice Braga), who are both in the U.S. Army. Tom Mercier (Jonathan) plays Sarah’s assistant.
Jordan Kristine Seamón stars as the seemingly bold and confident Caitlin, who has lived with her family on the base for several years and speaks Italian. Compared to her older brother Danny (Spence Moore II), Caitlin has the closer relationship with their father, Richard (Kid Cudi), and does not communicate well with her mother Jenny (Faith Alabi).
Caitlin is the lynchpin of her group of friends, which includes Britney (Francesca Scorsese), an outspoken, witty, sexually uninhibited girl; the cheerful and good-natured Craig (Corey Knight), a soldier in his twenties; Sam (Ben Taylor), Caitlin’s possessive boyfriend, and Craig’s younger brother; Enrico (Sebastiano Pigazzi), a playful eighteen-year-old from Veneto, who has a weak spot for Britney; and Valentina (Beatrice Barichella), an Italian girl.
Featured image: Jordan Kristine Seamon, Jack Dylan Grazer. Photograph by Yannis Drakoulidis/HBO