Several years after the critical success of "Call Me by Your Name," Luca Guadagnino delivers another chilling masterpiece with the film adaptation of "Bones and All." This marks the acclaimed Italian filmmaker's first U.S.-set directorial feature, which is being described as a coming-of-age drama infused with romantic and horror elements. Its horror theme is attributed to one of the central aspects of the storyline, which is cannibalism, a taboo subject that is certainly hard to depict in films and even more difficult to watch. If you have to pick someone who can humanize these types of stories, Guadagnino is the right director for the job thanks to his intimate, tender, and personal style of filmmaking and his ability to depict horrific events (as in "Suspiria") with excellent cinematography and astute performances.
Based on Camille DeAngelis' 2015 novel, "Bones & All," the film is set against the backdrop of Ronald Reagan's America. It revolves around the love story between Maren (Taylor Russell) and Lee (Timothée Chalamet), two strangers who share the same dark urges. Together, they embark on a thousand-mile journey across America in hopes of escaping their individual pasts as well as finding their true selves and purpose.
Russell and Chalamet both captivated audiences at the 79th Venice International Film Festival in September, when the film premiered. The event ended with an stunning audience response: an 8.5-minute standing ovation. They are joined by a talented ensemble cast of acclaimed actors and rising talents. Get to know more about the cast of "Bones and All" and discover where you've seen them before.
One of the leads in "Bones and All" is rising star Taylor Russell, as she portrays Maren Yearly, a young woman who embarks on a journey to find the truth about herself. Russell began her acting career in 2012, when she was cast for a one-episode appearance in The CW's short-lived medical drama series "Emily Owens, M.D." After that, she landed one of the leading roles in Lifetime's biographical TV film "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story," in which she played "Saved By the Bell" vet Lark Voorhies.
Before making her feature acting debut in the 2017 teen drama film "Before I Fall" opposite Zoey Deutch, Russell first appeared in a string of recurring roles in shows like the Canadian drama "Strange Empire," the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series "Falling Skies," and Freeform's supernatural horror series "Dead of Summer." Her major TV breakthrough came in 2018, when she landed a series regular role in Netflix's sci-fi drama "Lost in Space," which lasted for three seasons. For her performance as young genius doctor Judy Robinson, she earned a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Television Series. Speaking with TheGrio, Russell explained how important the role was for her as she had been able to represent women of color in a genre that rarely featured them.
Following her appearance in "Lost in Space," Russell started taking on major parts in films, beginning with her breakout role as Zoey Davis in Sony Pictures' psychological horror "Escape Room." Thanks to its surprise commercial success, a sequel titled "Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” was immediately greenlit, with Russell reprising her leading role as one of the two lucky game survivors of the first installment. She also starred in two well-received independent dramas, including "Waves" and "Words on Bathroom Walls." For her portrayal of Emily Williams in the emotional A24 film "Waves," she received critical recognition, with critics praising her as a stand-out performer among its stacked cast.
Leading the ensemble cast of "Bones and All" is the unstoppable Timothée Chalamet. His character, Lee, is described as an intense and disenfranchised drifter who shares the same dark secret as Taylor Russell's Maren Yearly. Chalamet first gained recognition in 2017, when he delivered back-to-back appearances in three acclaimed films — including Luca Guadagnino's film adaptation of "Call Me by Your Name," Greta Gerwig's feature directorial debut "Lady Bird," and Scott Cooper's Western film "Hostiles." For his compelling and emotional performance as Elio Perlman in "Call Me by Your Name," Chalamet became the third youngest actor to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
During his 2018 speech at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, where he won Best Actor (via IndieWire), Chalamet said Heath Ledger's monumental performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" inspired his 12-year-old self to pursue acting. Before rising to fame and after work in two short films, Chalamet made his TV debut in 2009, briefly appearing in an episode of "Law & Order." He followed that up with recurring roles in "Royal Pains" and "Homeland." Afterward, he began landing roles in films like Jason Reitman's comedy-drama "Men, Women, & Children," Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic "Interstellar," the independent film "One and Two," the Christmas comedy "Love the Coopers," and the Lily Rabe-led dramedy "Miss Stevens."
After his breakout role in "Call Me by Your Name" cemented his status as one of the most sought-after actors of his generation, Chalamet started securing leading roles in high-profile films, including Amazon's biographical drama "Beautiful Boy," Netflix's epic war film "The King," Gerwig's 2019 adaptation of "Little Women," Wes Anderson's ensemble comedy-drama "The French Dispatch," and Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" remake. Following "Bones and All," Chalamet will be reprising his role as Paul Atreides in "Dune: Part Two" and is also set to play the lead role in a "Wonka" prequel, in which he'll be singing a number of songs.
Michael Stuhlbarg reunites with Timothée Chalamet and Luca Guadagnino in "Bones and All." Not much is known about his character, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Stuhlbarg is set to play a redneck named Jake. Before making his onscreen acting debut, he first debuted as a professional stage actor in the 1990s, when he appeared in Off-Broadway productions of "Richard II," "The Winter's Tale," "Twelfth Night," and "Hamlet." On Broadway, he appeared in productions of "Taking Sides," "Cabaret," and "The Pillowman." For his performance as Michal in the latter play, he finally received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
In 1998, Stuhlbarg made his feature film acting debut with a minor part in the Renée Zellweger-led drama "A Price Above Rubies." Afterward, he continued nabbing supporting roles in films like Antonio Campos' Ezra Miller-led independent drama "Afterschool" and Ridley Scott's all-star spy thriller "Body of Lies." His major acting breakthrough came in 2009 when he scored his first leading role in the Coen Brothers' black comedy-drama "A Serious Man," in which he played physics professor Larry Gopnik. For his performance as a man whose Jewish faith gets tested after experiencing simultaneous conflicts in both his personal life and career, Stuhlbarg earned his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Following his breakout role, he started appearing in a number of high-profile films, including "Hugo," "Men in Black 3," "Seven Psychopaths," "Lincoln," "Hitchcock","Blue Jasmine," "Steve Jobs," and "Doctor Strange."
Like Chalamet, 2017 was also a great year for Stuhlbarg, as he appeared in three of that year's most acclaimed films from premier directors including "Call Me by Your Name" with Guadagnino, "The Shape of Water" with Guillermo del Toro, and "The Post" with Steven Spielberg. As for his TV career, his most notable appearances were in the HBO drama "Boardwalk Empire," the third season of Noah Hawley's crime drama "Fargo," and Hulu's limited series "The Looming Tower." For "The Looming Tower" and his performance as a greedy pharmaceutical CEO in the 2022 miniseries "Dopesick," he received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
In "Bones and All," Mark Rylance portrays the role of Sully, a fellow secret cannibal like Maren and Lee who lives in Ohio (via The Hollywood Reporter). Rylance is best known for his critically acclaimed theater work in the U.K. His most notable performances as a professional stage actor were in 1994's Shakespeare comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" and 2009's Royal Court play "Jerusalem," which both earned him Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actor. Besides performing in plays, he further showed his dedication to theater when he took on an important behind-the-scenes role at Shakespeare's Globe, where he became its first artistic director for a decade.
In addition to building his extensive theater career, Rylance also has an impressive filmography that spans from the mid-1980s up to the present. He made his on-screen acting debut in 1985, when he got cast in an NBC TV film titled "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story." Afterward, he finally nabbed roles in several films including the musical drama "Hearts of Fire" with legendary musician Bob Dylan, the romantic drama "Angels and Insects," the erotic drama "Intimacy" with Kerry Fox, the historical drama "The Other Boleyn Girl," Roland Emmerich's period drama "Anonymous," the Jason Statham action thriller "Blitz," and the ensemble drama "Days and Nights."
In 2015, Rylance started getting recognition through his collaborations with acclaimed filmmakers, particularly with Steven Spielberg. They've worked together in three films — the Tom Hanks-led historical drama "Bridge of Spies," the fantasy adventure "The BFG," and the sci-fi action film "Ready Player One." For his role as Rudolf Abel in "Bridge of Spies," he won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Rylance also co-starred in Christopher Nolan's war epic "Dunkirk," Aaron Sorkin's biographical drama "The Trial of the Chicago 7," and Adam McKay's apocalyptic satire dramedy "Don't Look Up."
After working together in HBO's coming-of-age limited drama "We Are Who We Are," Chloë Sevigny reunites with Luca Guadagnino in "Bones and All," in which she'll appear as Janelle Yearly. Her character is the estranged mother of Taylor Russell's Maren Yearly, who might be the only one that can explain her daughter's dark tendencies. Before venturing into acting, Sevigny gained recognition in the New York fashion scene during the early '90s after she became a model known for her alt fashion style (per The New Yorker).
Sevigny's early acting roles began with leading roles in controversial independent films including Larry Clark's coming-of-age drama "Kids," in which she received praise (via The Guardian) for her performance as an HIV-positive teenager named Jennie, and she later starred in Harmony Korine's experimental drama "Gummo." Afterward, she continued to play serious roles in a number of independent and arthouse films like "The Last Days of Disco," "Julien Donkey-Boy," "Demonlover," "Party Monster," "Dogville," "The Brown Bunny," "Lying," and "Sisters." Her first major acting breakthrough came in 1999, when she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as Lana Tisdel in Kimberly Peirce's Hilary Swank-led biographical drama "Boys Don't Cry." Thanks to her critically acclaimed role, she started making her mark in mainstream films with supporting roles in "American Psycho," "Shattered Glass," and "Zodiac."
In 2006, Sevigny landed her first biggest TV project to date with the HBO drama "Big Love," centering around a fundamentalist Mormon family of one husband and three wives. The series ran for five seasons, in which Sevigny portrayed one of the leading roles as Nicolette Grant, the shopaholic second wife of Bill Paxton's character. During the show's run, she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Following "Big Love," her other notable TV appearances have been in popular shows including "American Horror Story," "The Mindy Project," "Russian Doll," "The Act," and "The Girl From Plainville."
André Holland plays the role of Frank Yearly, the protective father of Taylor Russell's Maren, who eventually abandons her after years of trying to safeguard her from the consequences of her cannibalistic urges. Holland began his acting career in 2006, when he scored a one-episode appearance in the long-running legal drama "Law & Order." After that, he continued landing major parts in several TV dramas including "1600 Penn" as Marshall Malloy, "The Knick" as Dr. Algernon Edwards, "American Horror Story: Roanoke" as Matt Miller, "Castle Rock" as Henry Deaver, and Damien Chazelle's music limited drama "The Eddy," in which he played the leading role of Elliot Udo.
Holland's first feature project was directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's 2008 sports drama "Sugar." He followed that up with small appearances in Spike Lee's epic war film "Miracle at St. Anna" and the romantic comedy "Bride Wars," led by Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. In 2013, he got the opportunity to join another sports drama in the form of the Chadwick Boseman-led biographical film "42," centering around the life of trailblazing baseball player Jackie Robinson. The following year, he appeared in Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated drama "Selma," in which he played civil rights leader Andrew Young. His supporting turns after that were in more and more acclaimed projects, including Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" as the older Kevin Jones; DuVernay's fantasy film "A Wrinkle in Time" as Principal James Jenkins; Steven Soderbergh's sports drama "High Flying Bird" as Ray Burke; and Rebecca Hall's feature directorial debut, "Passing," as Brian Redfield.
In "Bones and All," Jessica Harper plays the role of Maren Yearly's grandmother. Harper is a veteran actress with over five decades of acting experience. Her most recognizable performance is her leading portrayal of Suzy Bannion in Dario Argento's 1977 Italian supernatural horror "Suspiria." After over forty years since the said cult classic film's theatrical release, Harper appeared as a supporting character in Luca Guadagnino's "Suspiria" remake, with Dakota Johnson now taking on the leading character she originated.
Harper's acting career began to take off in the mid-1970s, when she got cast in three back-to-back films including Brian De Palma's rock musical "Phantom of the Paradise," the British dramedy "Inserts," and Woody Allen's satirical comedy "Love and Death" opposite Allen and Diane Keaton. Following her phenomenal performance in "Suspiria," she landed major parts in movies like the crime-horror film "The Evictors," Allen's comedy-drama "Stardust Memories," the musical comedy "Shock Treatment" (considered a sequel to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"), the musical romantic drama "Pennies from Heaven," the Peter O'Toole-led comedy "My Favorite Year," and the crime drama "The Blue Iguana." After taking a six-year break from feature film acting, Harper returned to the big screen for Steven Spielberg's sci-fi action "Minority Report," led by Tom Cruise.
As for her TV career, her most notable TV credit was her series regular role in the "It's Garry Shandling's Show" sitcom, in which she starred as Phoebe Bass in 19 episodes. Her recent TV roles are recurring appearances in the first season of the sci-fi drama "See" and the drama-thriller "The Old Man."
David Gordon Green will be briefly playing the role of Brad in "Bones and All." According to The Hollywood Reporter, his character is an ex-cop who lives in Missouri. This marks Green's third acting role of his career, following a cameo in "The Righteous Gemstones" and his meta performance in the action comedy "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent." For moviegoers and avid TV viewers, Green might not be a familiar face on screen, as he's better known for his work behind the camera. He made his feature directorial debut with the 2000 drama "George Washington," which earned wide praise from critics.
Before gaining mainstream recognition, Green first directed and wrote three films, including the romantic drama "All the Real Girls," the psychological thriller "Undertow," and the Sundance drama "Snow Angels." After that, he shifted his focus towards helming comedies such as "Pineapple Express," "Your Highness," "The Sitter," and "Prince Avalanche." "Pineapple Express" was his first collaboration with actor-writer Danny McBride — they eventually co-founded a production company called Rough House Pictures. Their most popular collaboration together is the revival of the "Halloween" franchise. Green directed Blumhouse's latest "Halloween" trilogy from scripts he co-wrote with McBride. Currently, they're looking to revive another horror franchise in the form of "The Exorcist," with Ellen Burstyn expected to reprise her iconic role in the 2023 sequel (per People).
Green has also directed several episodes of hit shows including the HBO sports comedy "Eastbound & Down," the comedy-drama "Red Oaks," the dark comedy "Vice Principals," the workplace comedy "Mythic Quest," and the HBO religious satirical crime comedy "The Righteous Gemstones." He also produced McBride's series with HBO, including "Vice Principals," "Eastbound & Down," and "The Righteous Gemstones."
Francesca Scorsese is set to play an unnamed supporting role in "Bones and All." According to the previous set photo, she'll be one of the people that Maren and Lee will be meeting on the road. Scorsese is the youngest daughter of legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Her early acting roles in the 2000s consisted of small appearances in her father's works, including Leonardo DiCaprio-led films "The Aviator" and "The Departed," as well as one episode of HBO's crime drama "Boardwalk Empire" and the fantasy-adventure film "Hugo."
Francesca Scorsese recently graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied filmmaking in hopes of following in the footsteps of her father. Speaking with V Magazine, Scorsese shared that even at a young age she already showed interest in filmmaking, especially when her father always made her watch old classic films. The most prominent advice she got from Martin Scorsese is that she should always be true to who she is when it comes to creating films. Following her graduation, she made her directorial debut with a short horror film "Crimson Ties," which premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.
Five years after "Hugo," Scorsese started forging her own path as an actress by appearing in two independent drama films such as "Almost Paris" and "Wolf at the Door." In 2020, she finally landed her first major acting role in Luca Guadagnino's coming-of-age drama for HBO, "We Are Who We Are," in which she played the role of Britney Orton.
Jake Horowitz will be appearing as a carnival worker in "Bones and All" (via The Hollywood Reporter). His character will be one of the people whom Maren and Lee will interact with during their cross-country journey. Like lead star Timothée Chalamet, Horowitz is also a proud alumnus of LaGuardia High School, from which lots of prominent celebrities graduated, including Robert De Niro, Jennifer Aniston, Adrien Brody, and more.
Horowitz began his acting career in 2012 when cast in a short film titled "Anything I Can Do" and the independent drama "Murt Ramirez Wants to Kick My Ass." His small-screen debut was a one-episode role in the sci-fi TV drama "Manifest." In 2019, Horowitz gained recognition for his role as Everett Sloan in the award-winning sci-fi mystery film "The Vast of Night," which was directed by Andrew Patterson. His character is a charming disc jockey of the small town of Cayuga, New Mexico, who starts hearing a strange frequency during his night shift with his friend, Fay (Sierra McCormick). Following the film's successful premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, it earned widespread praise from critics, who commended the film's cinematography and compelling suspense-filled story.
Afterward, Horowitz continued starring in independent films including "Adam Bloom," "Castle Freak," "The Daphne Project," "Agnes," and "Shut In." He is also a professional stage actor, who made his off-Broadway debut in David Cromer's revival of "Our Town." He followed that up with an appearance in the filmed version of Julie Taymor's stage play adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."