Get ready to see Timothée Chalamet like never before! On Monday, January 6, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced who they picked to play Bob Dylan in their upcoming biopic and it’s none other than the Little Women star. The 24-year-old actor is set to portray a young version of the music legend during his rise to fame, according to Variety.
Rumored to be titled Going Electric, the film is set to be directed by James Mangold who has received stunning reviews for his past films. The filmmaker wrote and directed the 2005 Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, so he’s no stranger to movies about iconic musicians.
According to Deadline, the 78-year-old singer will be working closely with the studio on this project so they can fully embrace the moment when Bob “cemented the status of rock music.” The publication also reported that although there’s no confirmation whether or not Timothée will sing in this film, he has started to take guitar lessons and familiarize himself with both the acoustic and electric guitar.
Previously, films have been released about Bob’s musical impact. I’m Not There was an unconventional biopic released in 2007 that featured six different actors — including Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett — portraying different parts of the singer’s public persona. Before that, in 2005, a documentary called No Direction Home was released about the musician’s life.
As for Timothée, this exciting announcement kicked off a busy year for the young actor. Not only did he receive critical acclaim for his role as Laurie in the December 2019 film Little Women, but he’s set to make his London stage debut in April. Deadline speculated that after concluding his live-performance in the 4,000 Miles stage show, the star will get to work on this film. He’s also set to star in the upcoming Wes Anderson movie titled The French Dispatch and act alongside Zendaya in Dune, which is set to be released on December 18, 2020.
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