Timothee Chalamet is set to play Bob Dylan in an upcoming biopic recently announced by Fox Searchlight. Dylan himself will be one of the executive producers; James Mangold—who just helmed Ford vs. Ferrari and is noted for his work on the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line—will direct; and Dylan’s longtime manager, Jeff Rosen, will be one of the producers.
The script is based on Elijah Wald’s 2015 book, Dylan Goes Electric, which documents the period when Dylan was poised to become folk music’s most seminal figure and instead traded his acoustic guitar for an electric one, thus changing the course of his own career and of rock music as a whole.
Music biopics are all the rage these days, especially after the success of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Elton John’s Rocketman—both big winners at the box office and on the awards circuit, with Rami Malek capturing the best actor Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury and Taron Egerton the best actor Golden Globe for playing The Rocketman himself.
The Bob Dylan biopic is said to be untitled but is being referred to in Hollywood circles as Going Electric. There is currently no release date for the movie, but early response to the news on Twitter was mostly positive. Read below for some reactions, and stay tuned for more info about the project as it becomes available.