Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name,” “Little Women”) is in negotiations to star as a young Bob Dylan in a new untitled feature (going by the working title of “Going Electric”) at Fox Searchlight Pictures.
James Mangold (“Logan,” “Ford vs Ferrari”) has closed a deal to direct the project which is set in 1965 during the period when Dylan was poised to become folk music’s most seminal figure.
Instead he embraced rock n roll, swapping his acoustic guitar for an electric one and causing both a massive backlash and fully cementing the status of rock music.
Mangold, who is familiar with musician biopics having done “Walk the Line,” is doing a rewrite on a script written by Jay Cocks and will in part use material from the “Dylan Goes Electric” book by Elijah Wald
It’s expected filming will begin once Chalamet wraps starring in “4,000 Miles,” an Old Vic stage production of Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer-nominated drama which runs April 16th to May 23rd.
Mangold, Jeff Rosen, Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, Fred Berger and Alex Heineman produce. Chalamet will be seen later this year in both Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune”.