Deadline reports that Fox Searchlight Pictures has set James Mangold (Logan, Ford v Ferrari) to direct an upcoming Bob Dylan biopic (working title Going Electric) which has Timothee Chalamet in negotiations with the studio to play a young Dylan as the influential musician made his iconic switch from folk to rock.

Searchlight Pictures has closed a deal with Ford v Ferrari helmer James Mangold to direct Timothée Chalamet as the young Bob Dylan, during the period when he was poised to become folk music’s most seminal figure. When Dylan instead embraced rock ‘n’ roll and traded his acoustic guitar for an amp and an electric guitar, it created a huge outcry. And it cemented the status of rock music. Dylan is working actively with Searchlight and Mangold on the film, which the studio said is untitled but has been referred to around town as Going Electric.

James Mangold is no stranger to music biopics as he directed Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in the Johnny Cash/June Carter flick Walk The Line, which earned four Oscar nominations and Reese Witherspoon her Best Actress Oscar.

He most recently directed Christian Bale and Matt Damon in the racing flick Ford v Ferrari.

Timothee has been racking up an impressive list of credits over the last couple of years with Call Me By Your Name, Beautiful Boy, The King, Little Women, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, and Denis Villeneuve’s remake of Dune set to be released on December 18th.

It’s currently without a firm release date and official title.


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