Timothée Chalamet is in talks to play Bob Dylan in a new film, based upon the 1960s period when the singer/songwriter controversially ditched his acoustic for an electric guitar. We know what you’re thinking: “But I haven’t fully recovered from Hayden Christensen’s ill-fated Dylan portrayal in Factory Girl!” Would it help if we told you the film will be directed by James Mangold - who also directed Ford v Ferrari and the Oscar-winning Walk the Line biopic depicting Johnny Cash? Chalamet - who incidentally is also one of our favourite internet boyfriends - has featured in many of our favourite films over recent years; Call Me by Your Name, Ladybird and Beautiful Boy, to name a few.
But that’s not all Chalamet has in store for 2020: he's set to star in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, as well as the Dune remake, directed by Denis Villeneuve. He’ll also be hitting the stage for the first time at London’s Old Vic, in Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated 4,000 Miles between April 16th to May 23rd. Hats off to you Timothée, it seems your new year’s resolutions are far more ambitious than ours.
According to Deadline, where the news was announced this morning, the new Dylan film will be set during a period when the singer-songwriter dropped his signature folk sound for an electric guitar and amp, pursuing a more rock 'n’ roll style. Dylan is said to be working closely with the film’s director and Searchlight Pictures on the film, which doesn’t yet have an official title, but Going Electric has been circulated around the press.
So, go! Head to Spotify or your dad’s CD rack and embark on an audio journey into the Dylan discography to get yourself fully in the mood.
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