“Hot Summer Nights” is set during the summer season on Cape Cod and centers on Chalamet’s Daniel, who’s new to town and gets in over his head after he begins selling weed for the neighborhood drug dealer (Roe). Daniel sparks a romance with the drug dealer’s sister (Monroe), creating a triangle of love and betrayal.
Roe appears opposite Chalamet as drug dealer Hunter Strawberry. Roe is an English actor best known stateside for his lead role in the Freeform original television series “Siren.” The series debuted in May and has been renewed for a second season.
“Hot Summer Nights” marks the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Elijah Bynum. The director also wrote the movie’s screenplay, which appeared on the 2013 Black List. Bynum premiered the movie at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Following Chalamet’s breakthrough 2017 with his roles in “Call Me by Your Name” and “Lady Bird,” plus an appearance in “Hostiles,” “Hot Summer Nights” marks the actor’s first 2018 release. He also stars in the fall’s “Beautiful Boy,” which is expected to return him to the awards race.
Bynum told Consequence of Sound in 2017 that Stephen King’s “Stand by Me” was a major influence on his directorial debut. “He is one of the greatest writers in the last 50 years,” the director said. “I think there's a way he taps into things that are very visceral and emotional and also just very American.”
The movie takes place in 1991 and co-stars indie favorite Maika Monroe, best known for her role in David Robert Mitchell’s horror movie “It Follows.” The supporting cast includes Thomas Jane, Maia Mitchell, and Emory Cohen.
Chalamet’s Daniel and Monroe’s McKayla Strawberry make up the coming-of-age film’s central romance. The pairing of the two indie favorites is one of “Hot Summer Nights'” biggest selling points. The film is the first time the actors have worked together.
Similar to Chalamet, Monroe also has a busy 2018. Starting June 29 (the day after “Hot Summer Nights” becomes available on DirecTV), the actress can be seen in the leading role of Netflix’s original science-fiction movie “Tau.”
A24 and DirecTV Cineme partnered up to acquire distribution rights to “Hot Summer Nights” in September 2017, just as buzz for Chalamet’s roles in “Call Me by Your Name” and “Lady Bird” was starting to build.The film is produced by Imperative Entertainment.
“Hot Summer Nights” will be available for DirecTV customers on June 28, followed by a limited theatrical release starting July 27. After his two 2018 releases, Chalamet will appear as King Henry V in David Michod’s “The King.”