Actor Timothee Chalamet will star as Bob Dylan in the upcoming biopic, titled A Complete Unknown. The movie is based on Elijah Wald’s 2015 book Dylan Goes Electric, which focused on Dylan's historic July 25th, 1965 electric set at the Newport Folk Festival. A Complete Unknown, which begins shooting in August, will feature Chalamet doing his own singing.
According to Culture Sonar, “James Mangold who will direct the movie revealed that key figures in Dylan’s story such as Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger would be part of it. The Searchlight Pictures project was first announced three years ago. The script is to be written by Jay Cocks.”
The late, great George Harrison — a friend, collaborator, and devoted Dylan acolyte — always believed that the primarily acoustic-based Dylan finally going electric was no more than a natural musical progression: “It was controversial. For me, it was just like, it just seemed interesting it was. . . Y'know, it seemed kinda natural, really, y'know, because there's a limit to, y'know, what you can do with acoustics. Or, y'know, I mean, there's. . . it didn't seem that Bob should particularly be limited to just doing that.”