Timothee Chalamet is in talks to take the role of famed musician Bob Dylan, in an upcoming feature directed by James Mangold for Fox Searchlight. “Going Electric” is reportedly the working title.
According to Variety, Chalamet will be starring as the Grammy and Nobel Prize winner in a feature that will “will follow Dylan as he rises in fame on his way to become a folk music icon.” Dylan is a hailed by many in his industry as an icon, with hits such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin” under his wing.
The news first broke from Deadline, where they report “negotiations are underway with Chalamet.”
“Dylan is working actively with Searchlight and Mangold on the film, which the studio said is untitled but has been referred to around town as Going Electric,” Deadline reports.
Chalamet is just off his supporting role appearance in Greta Gerwig’s winter release, “Little Women,” where he stars as Laurie. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his leading role in Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 romance, “Call Me By Your Name.” His latest roles include “Hostiles,” “Lady Bird,” and Netflix’s “The King,” from director David Michod.
Chalamet is set to star next in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” adaptation, a production that has been scoring an impressive cast with the likes of Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Rebecca Ferguson and more. Chalamet also has a role lined up in Wes Anderson’s next project, “The French Dispatch.”
Mangold will be directing the Bob Dylan-centered feature, after the recent release of his crowd-pleasing “Ford v. Ferrari,” which stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Mangold also directed and co-wrote the screenplay for his film, “Logan,” which went on to land an Oscar nomination for its script. It was the first time a live-action superhero title was regarded in that category.
Mangold’s film will be produced by Dylan’s manager Jeff Rosen, Veritas Entertainment Group’s Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen, Automatik’s Fred Berger, The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman and Mangold. Dylan will also be executive producer on the film, along with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Andrew Rona. Music rights are included in the package.
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