Heat is one of the most iconic films of Al Pacino’s career, and the sequel might be one the way. Writer-director Michael Mann released its follow-up in the form of the novel Heat 2, and Pacino knows exactly who should play him if this book ever gets a movie adaptation.
While attending the book promotion at the United Palace Theater in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, Pacino was asked who should play him in Heat 2 and his answer was met with bursting applause. He suggested Timothée Chalamet should take over his role, and described him as “a wonderful actor”.
The original Heat movie came out in 1995, and it followed obsessive police Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Pacino) tracking down master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro) and his gang. DeNiro joined Pacino at the book promotion, but Mann had to miss it after being diagnosed with Covid and only tuned in via video call.
Heat 2 marks Mann’s debut as a novelist, and it serves as both the sequel and the prequel to the original film, tracking the backstories of the characters before 1995, with a projection of where their lives would take them after. Meg Gardiner co-wrote the book with Mann, but Hollywood studios are yet to buy movie rights for a potential adaptation.