Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino has cast Daniel Craig and Netflix star Drew Starkey as lovers in his new film Queer.
The film is based on a short novel of the same name by William S. Burroughs. The book was published in 1985, over 30 years after it was written in the 1950s.
In Queer, main character Lee – believed to be a stand-in for the author himself – is lost in Mexico City, fighting drug addiction.
While there, he becomes madly infatuated with a discharged American Navy serviceman named Allerton, who’s battling demons of his own.
Allerton toys with Lee, making the gay man even more obsessed with him, and the two men go on a trip together.
Daniel Craig is playing Lee while Drew Starkey, known for Netflix’s action-adventure series Outer Banks, will play the young Navy man.
Variety reported that Queer will begin shooting this month, with a script from playwright Justin Kuritzkes.
Last year, Daniel Craig played gay private investigator Benoit Blanc in Netflix’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
Menawhile, Luca Guadagnino has tennis comedy Challengers, starring Zendaya, coming out later in the year.
That movie is the Call Me By Your Name director’s follow-up to 2022’s Bones and All, also starring Timothee Chalamet.