Director James Mangold confirmed that Timothée Chalamet will be singing Bob Dylan’s vocals in the upcoming biopic of the legendary musician.
During the Star Wars Celebration in London, director James Mangold gave a fresh interview to Collider and gave a sneak peek at his future film. When asked if Timothée would sing, he replied, “Of course!”
“It’s such an amazing time in American culture,” he told the publication, “and the story of Bob Dylan, a young 19-year-old who came to New York with like two dollars in his pocket and became a worldwide sensation within three years. First being embraced into the family of folk music in New York and kind of outrunning them at a certain point as his star rises so beyond belief.”
“It’s such an interesting true story at about such an interesting moment in the American scene,” continued Mangold. “Different characters from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, to Pete Seeger, to Joan Baez, all have a role to play in this movie.”
.@mang0ld tells us his @bobdylan biopic with #TimothéeChalamet starts filming in August and Chalamet will do his own singing in the film. #StarWarsCelebration pic.twitter.com/yVluBMTeJz
— Collider (@Collider) April 7, 2023
Back in January 2020, Searchlight officially announced the Bob Dylan movie with Mangold and Chalamet. Although Chalamet had been taking guitar lessons in preparation for the part, it was unknown at the time of the announcement if he would be singing Dylan’s songs.
According to initial reports, the movie would be set in 1965 and will concentrate on the time when Dylan received harsh criticism for leaving his folk roots behind in favour of a more rock and roll aesthetic.
Not for the first time, Chalamet will demonstrate his singing ability in the biopic. He sang and danced his way through seven musical pieces in the next Willy Wonka prequel movie, according to reports. He had a cameo appearance in Woody Allen’s controversial 2019 film, A Rainy Day in New York, where he sang a cover of Chet Baker’s “Everything Happens to Me.”
Published by HOLR Magazine.