Logan and Ford v Ferrari helmer James Mangold will be directing a biopic on music icon Bob Dylan – and it looks like he’s got his star.
Oscar-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, The King) has entered negotiations to play a young Bob Dylan in the project, which has gone to Searchlight Pictures after being held at HBO for sometime. Chalamet – who is said to have likely become attached to the project when it was back at HBO – is expected to take on the role after he completes his run on the London stage play 4,000 Miles, opposite Eileen Atkins. The play will wrap on May 23.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the film will be set…
“during the period when he [Dylan] was poised to become folk music’s most seminal figure. When Dylan instead embraced rock ‘n’ roll and traded his acoustic guitar for an amp and an electric guitar, it created a huge outcry. And it cemented the status of rock music. […] The drama revolves around Dylan and his interaction with ’60s music legends including Joan Baez, Seeger and everyone who was around during that time.”
Dylan’s longtime manager, Jeff Rosen, will reportedly be working on behalf of the singer and is attached as a producer. Fans will be happy to know that the artist’s music will indeed be present in the film, as the rights were included in the overall package.
Mangold has experience with the music artist biopic, having directed Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in the 2005 film Walk the Line. The filmmaker’s credits include Cop Land, Girl, Interrupted, and 3:10 to Yuma.
Chalamet continues to have quite the streak. The Lady Bird and Beautiful Boy actor has an acclaimed performance in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, will soon be seen as the lead in Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded adaptation of Dune, and is starring in the next film from Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch.