It looks like Timothée Chalamet will be the next Hollywood leading man to take on the persona of a music legend. Multiple outlets report that the actor is deep in talks to play Bob Dylan, with Ford v Ferrari’s James Mangold set to direct. Dylan himself is also executive producing the film from Fox Searchlight.
The movie — which doesn’t have an official title yet, but has been referred to as Going Electric — will relive the musician’s transition from folk prodigy to electric rocker in the mid-1960s. At the time, plugging in was a blasphemous move. But, luckily for us, Dylan was able to ignore the booing and naysayers to create some of the most celebrated music of all time.
Deadline reports that Chalamet has already started guitar lessons to prepare for the role, although there’s been no word either way as to whether he’ll sing in the film. Most importantly, Timmy’s beloved ‘do should be safe; his famous flop is naturally similar to Dylan’s signature look.
The role could mark a new milestone in Chalamet’s career. Critics adore movies about beloved musicians. Last year, the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody won four Oscars (including one for star Rami Malek), making it the most awarded film of the night. Malek also won the Golden Globe for his performance, and the film took home the top prize for Best Motion Picture — Drama. This year, the Elton John-produced Rocketman has already won two Golden Globes, including Best Actor for lead Taron Egerton. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Chalamet has been in the awards season conversation for the past few years, thanks to roles in Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Beautiful Boy, and Little Women.
As far as accolades go, Mangold also brings a lot to the table. He’s currently in the thick of awards season, with Ford v Ferrari occupying a near-constant spot in the conversation. He previously wrote and directed the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line, which won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, and earned Reese Witherspoon an Oscar. Before that, Mangold had written and directed Girl, Interrupted, which turned Angelina Jolie into an Oscar winner in 2000. More recently, he broke new ground at the Oscars when his script for 2017’s Logan became the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Chalamet’s annual awards season buzz combined with Mangold’s winning track record and Dylan’s illustrious life story sounds like the exact recipe for film excellence.