We Are Who We Are: BBC Three acquires Luca Guadagnino TV series
James R | On 11, Aug 2020
BBC Three has snapped up the rights to Luca Guadagnino’s first TV series, We Are Who We Are.
The eight-part limited series tells the story of 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 cast 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 14 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 co-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 20s; Sam (Ben Taylor), Caitlin’s possessive boyfriend; Enrico, Craig’s younger brother (Sebastiano Pigazzi), a playful 18 year-old from Veneto who has a weak spot for Britney; and Valentina (Beatrice Barichella), an Italian girl.
Produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment, and by Mario Gianani for Wildside, with Small Forward, the show was an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight.
Guadagnino, director Suspiria and Call Me By Your Name, says: “With We Are Who We Are we are attempting to portray the here and now of two families, few generations, many exciting people. To see the world from their perspective it is what I am delighted to share with UK audiences. To do so thanks to the prestigious and remarkable BBC is an accomplishment and a soothing encouragement.”
Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC, says: “We are so delighted that this beautifully observed drama will be enjoyed by BBC viewers – it really is very special.”
The series will premiere on 22nd November.
We Are Who We Are is available on BBC iPlayer until March 2021