Timothée Chalamet, the versatile actor known for his roles in movies like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘Little Women,’ is gearing up for a new and exciting challenge. He’s set to portray the legendary musician Bob Dylan in the upcoming biopic, ‘A Complete Unknown,’ directed by James Mangold, the man behind films like ‘Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny’ and ‘Walk The Line.’
In a recent interview, Chalamet opened up about how he’s preparing for this transformative role, and that he’s teamed up with the same professionals who helped Austin Butler step into the shoes of Elvis Presley.
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Chalamet shared, “I’ve basically been working with his entire Elvis team for my Dylan prep.” The key members of the team include a dialect coach, Tim Monich, a vocal coach, Eric Vetro, and a movement coach, Polly Bennett. These experts played pivotal roles in ensuring that Austin Butler embodied the essence of Elvis, and now they are lending their skills to help Chalamet channel the iconic Bob Dylan.
The decision to work with the same team shows how dedicated the actor is to capturing the subtleties of Bob Dylan’s character and not merely impersonating the legend but truly understanding and embodying his essence. To prepare for the role, Chalamet is giving it his all, going so far as to ‘Dylan-ing hard,’ which includes revisiting Dylan’s memoir ‘Chronicles,’ released in 2004.
As Chalamet eloquently put it, “You need your ability to imagine, your ability to observe, and your ability to experience. And if any one of those is compromised, your ability to create is compromised in some way.”
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Chalamet also said that he still needs to meet Bob Dylan for the project. He admitted, “I didn’t want to three years ago because I just didn’t want to for superstitious reasons. Now I would love to.” The actor’s evolving connection to the role and the real-life figure he’s portraying is what landed him this role.
‘A Complete Unknown’ will delve into Bob Dylan’s transition from folk music to rock in 1965, a period that significantly shifted his career and alienated some of his original fans. Director James Mangold commented on the project, stating, “It’s such an interesting true story about such an interesting moment in the American scene.” This film promises to capture a pivotal period in music history and the evolution of a true musical icon.
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Filming for this exciting biopic was initially expected to begin in August this year, but the ongoing Hollywood strikes may have pushed this date back. Nevertheless, the anticipation for Chalamet’s portrayal of Bob Dylan remains high.
Aside from his role as Bob Dylan, Chalamet has other exciting projects in the pipeline. He’s all set to bring Willy Wonka to life in the upcoming film ‘Wonka,’ directed by Paul King, scheduled for release on 8th December in the UK.
Chalamet’s collaboration with Austin Butler’s team and his deep dive into the world of Bob Dylan showcases the dedication and passion that the next generation of actors brings to the industry. Timothée Chalamet, in his pursuit of excellence, is undoubtedly shaping a path for the future of Hollywood.