It’s been almost two years since the news of Timothée Chalamet playing the role of Bob Dylan broke out. There were a lot of rumors on social media concerning the project being on hold and/or canceled, but the Oscar nominee has confirmed that the Going Electric biopic is pretty much alive.
Going Electric will be directed by James Mangold, known for blockbusters like The Wolverine and Oscar-winning movies like Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, and Ford v Ferrari. In addition to Chalamet, celebrated folk musicians Joan Baez and Woody Guthrie will also have significant roles in the biopic.
Chalamet recently spoke with Variety, “I haven’t stopped preparing, which has been one of the greatest gifts for me. It’s been a wonderful experience getting to dive into that world, whether we get to make it or not. But without giving anything away — because I don’t want to beat anyone to the punch, and obviously things have to come together officially — the winds that are blowing are blowing in a very positive direction.”
No official production date has been confirmed yet, but the Call Me By Your Name star seems to be fully dedicated to the project as he prepares to personify the Pop Culture icon.
The Academy Award nominated actor rented a home in Woodstock, New York, to get ready for the role. He also visited Dylan’s homes in New York City and met with Inside Llewyn Davis director, Joel Coen, to better understand the 1960s folk scene.
Sources confirm that Bob Dylan’s camp is also actively involved in the creative process and has given its blessing to the project. Timothée Chalamet’s next big release is the musical Wonka, which is the prequel to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The actor will play the title role, opposite Olivia Colman, Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, Matt Lucas, Rowan Atkinson, Natasha Rothwell, Rufus Jones, and Simon Farnaby. The film will be released on March 17th, 2023.