Timothée Chalamet: How critical acclaim, a Gen Z vision, and a bold sartorial sense made Timothée Chalamet the new Prince of Hollywood

This week, two of the year’s biggest films hit theaters on the same day. One is The French Dispatch, arthouse director Wes Anderson’s love letter to journalism, which follows a group of American journalists working for a literary magazine to a fictional French town. The other is Dune, Den is Villeneuve’s ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s groundbreaking science fiction novel. At the center of both films is Timothée Chalamet, the 25-year-old actor who has become, in just four years, Hollywood’s main man.

Unusually, it was not a blockbuster that catapulted Chalamet to fame, but two independent films. The first was Call me by your name, the story of a precocious teenager, Elio, played by Chalamet, who falls in love with an older student, Oliver (Armie Hammer), staying at his parents’ dream villa in the Italian countryside.

Adapted from André Aciman’s novel by dizzying-style filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, it was lush and lyrical, erotic and tragic, and presented a heartbreaking and defining turning point for the career of the then 21-year-old Chalamet. This performance would make him the youngest person nominated for an Oscar for best actor in 80 years.