Bob Dylan Biopic with ​Timothée Chalamet Shelved Indefinitely

The project isn't "dead," but remains "a tough one to pull off in a COVID-era"

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Oct 26, 2020

In January, it was reported that ​Timothée Chalamet was in talks to play Bob Dylan in a biopic on the iconic songwriter's "electric" years, but the project has now been put on hold indefinitely.

Speaking with Collider about his work on Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7, director of photography Phedon Papamichael confirmed that his next project alongside director James Mangold will be the fifth Indiana Jones movie and not the Chalamet-led biopic.

Asked if the project would be going ahead, Papamichael explained, "Not right now. I don't think it's dead, but it's a tough one to pull off in a COVID-era because it's all in small clubs with lots of extras in period costumes, so you've got lots of hair and makeup. So our next project is Indiana Jones 5, actually. Mangold's doing that."

Tentatively titled Going Electric, the forthcoming film will mark Mangold's second musical biopic, having directed 2005's Johnny Cash film Walk the Line. As previously reported, Dylan himself will serve as an executive producer and has granted the rights to his music to the project.

Following a turn in Greta Gerwig's Little Women last year, Chalamet was due to appear in Denis Villenueve's adaptation of Dune and Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch, though the release of both films was ultimately moved to 2021.

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