Timothée Chalamet in Talks to Play Bob Dylan in Forthcoming BiopicPhotos by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty, David M. Benett/Getty Movies News Timothée Chalamet
Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold has confirmed his next film to be a Bob Dylan biopic, with none other than Timothée Chalamet slotted to play the folk-turned-rock musician.
The film itself is supposed to center around 1965, when Dylan controversially switched over from acoustic to electric guitar playing, with Going Electric as the current working title. But there has also been word that the film will go back to Dylan’s earliest years as a folk musician, with Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Woody Guthrie also to be portrayed.
Mangold found critical acclaim with his 2005 music biopic Walk the Line about Johnny Cash and June Carter, earning Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar nomination and securing an Oscar win for Reese Witherspoon.
Chalamet has a busy year ahead of him, starring in Wes Anderson’s forthcoming The French Dispatch along with the much-anticipated Denis Villenueve adaptation of the sci-fi novel Dune. He will also make his London theatrical debut in the play 4,000 Miles, set to run from April 19 to May 23.
There’s no word yet about whether Chalamet will sing and play guitar for the Dylan role, but with Dylan himself consulting on the film, at the very least he should be able to give the actor a few pointers.
Watch a 1988 Dylan performance from the Paste archives below.