Timothée Chalamet In Talks To Portray Bob Dylan

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Timothée Chalamet is reportedly in talks to portray a young Bob Dylan in a movie about the music icon’s switch from acoustic folk to electric rock in 1965.

According to Deadline, Dylan is an executive producer on the project, which will be directed by James Mangold. Although officially untitled, the film is being referred to in Hollywood circles as Going Electric.

Mangold helmed the 2005 music biopic Walk the Line, which earned Golden Globes for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, who portrayed Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash respectively.

Chalamet, 24, earned accolades for his roles in last year’s Little Women and 2017’s Call Me by Your Name. In December, he will be seen in Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune.

Playing real-life music stars has paid off for actors in recent years. Rami Malek won the Golden Globe and Oscar for portraying Freddie Mercury in 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody; Taron Egerton won the Golden Globe on Sunday for his portrayal of Elton John in last year’s Rocketman; and Renée Zellweger won the Golden Globe for playing Judy Garland in Judy.

Going Electric – or whatever the movie is titled – will open in cinemas in time for the 60th anniversary of Dylan’s debut as a professional musician.

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