More than two years after pre-production was indefinitely paused on Searchlight Pictures’ Going Electric movie, Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet — who has been attached to the project since it was first announced — has revealed a new update regarding the Bob Dylan biographical drama.
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Speaking with Variety, Chalamet has confirmed that Going Electric is indeed still in development and that things are moving in “a very positive direction.” Despite the project’s long delay, he also excitedly shared that he never stopped preparing for the role, describing it as a “wonderful experience.”
“I haven’t stopped preparing, which has been one of the greatest gifts for me,” Chalamet said. “It’s been a wonderful experience getting to dive into that world, whether we get to make it or not. But without giving anything away — because I don’t want to beat anyone to the punch, and obviously, things have to come together officially — the winds that are blowing are blowing in a very positive direction.”
Going Electric will be directed by James Mangold. It chronicles Bob Dylan’s rise in folk music and sudden transition to rock ‘n’ roll. The film will also see Dylan’s interaction with 1960s music legends which include Joan Baez and Pete Seeger. The Fox Searchlight-produced film includes the rights to the Pop Culture icon’s music rights and to author Elijah Wald’s book titled Dylan Goes Electric.
The film will be executive produced by Dylan along with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Andrew Rona. Jeff Rosen, who is Dylan’s longtime manager, has also signed on as a producer with Mangold, Veritas Entertainment Group’s Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer, and Peter Jaysen, Automatik’s Fred Berger, and The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman also set to produce.
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Chalamet is currently in production for the upcoming Dune: Part Two. He will next be seen in Luca Guadagnino’s horror romance drama Bones and All and in the upcoming musical prequel Wonka.