Timothée Chalamet to Play Bob Dylan in James Mangold-Directed Biopic for Fox Searchlight

The film will chronicle the folk icon’s turn to rock ‘n’ roll

Last Updated: January 6, 2020 @ 4:18 PM

“Little Women” leading man Timothée Chalamet is in talks to star as folk music icon Bob Dylan in a biopic directed by “Ford v. Ferrari” director James Mangold.

The film, which is still untitled at this point, will follow Dylan during his ascension to the pinnacle of folk music and his 180 degree turn, trading in his acoustic guitar for an electric and embrace rock ‘n’ roll.

Chalamet starring is not a done deal, but Fox Searchlight has finalized a deal for the film.

In addition to “Little Women,” Chalamet starred in Netflix’s “The King” as well as “A Rainy Day in New York” in 2019. This year, as one of the most sought after young actors in Hollywood, he will appear in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” and Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” which is also set up at Fox Searchlight.

Mangold’s latest film, “Ford v. Ferrari,” received rave reviews and garnered more than $206 million at the box office worldwide.

Music biopics, as of late, have been a stable at award shows, earning the actors portraying music icons nominations for their lead roles. Most recently Taron Egerton won the Golden Globe for his performance as Elton John in “Rocketman” and last year Rami Malek took home the best actor Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The film will be produced by Jeff Rosen (Dyan’s longtime manager) along with Veritas Entertainment Group’s Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen; Automatik’s Fred Berger; The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman and Mangold.

Dylan will serve as an executive producer along with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Andrew Rona.

Deadline first reported the news.