In a wild twist of millennial and boomer pop culture, Timothée Chalamet is about to become a 1960s folk icon.
Fox Searchlight just confirmed that the 24-year-old Little Women star is in talks to play Bob Dylan in a new James Mangold-directed biopic, Going Electric, according to reports from both Variety and Entertainment Weekly. Mangold’s most recent project, Ford v Ferrari, is garnering Oscar buzz, but he’s also known for the 2006 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, which snagged Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar nomination and Reese Witherspoon a Best Actress win. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dylan himself will executive produce, and Fox Searchlight has already secured music rights (kind of an important detail).
The film will be based on the book Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald, which chronicles the folksinger’s ~controversial~ transition from acoustic to electric guitar in 1965. While Timmy isn’t confirmed for the role yet, we have a good feeling about this one. They have similar bone structure and floppy hair, right?
Chalamet already has a busy year lined up, with a prominent role in the upcoming sci-fi epic Dune and a spot in Wes Anderson’s next flick, The French Dispatch. And with standout roles in 2019’s The King and Little Women, it’s safe to say we can’t even remember a time B.T.C. (before Timothée Chalamet, of course).