James Mangold is developing a Bob Dylan biopic and it seems he found the perfect person to play the lead. Timothée Chalamet is currently in talks to portray the legendary folk singer and Nobel Prize laureate.
According to Deadline, Dylan is working closely with Searchlight and Mangold on the film, which is referred to by the working title Going Electric. It will focus on the singer’s early years and show his journey to becoming one of the biggest music icons of his generation.
Chalamet’s casting isn’t official just yet, but Deadline reports he already started taking guitar lessons. The young actor broke into the scene with his Oscar-nominated role in Call Me by Your Name, and his most recent credits include The King and Little Women.
James Mangold, who received rave reviews for his latest directorial effort Ford v Ferrari, is no stranger to music biopics. He previously helmed Johnny Cash film Walk the Line, and has been looking for a subject for its music-themed follow-up ever since.
“There’s been a couple of instances where I’ve actually approached artists. The trick is always, are they ready for that kind of treatment? It’s not good enough that they wrote great music or changed music history. You actually absolutely have to have a story,” Mangold previously told Rolling Stone.