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Timothée Chalamet Becomes Bob Dylan in First Photo From Biopic Set

Production is now underway on “A Complete Unknown,” the coming Bob Dylan feature directed by James Mangold and starring Timothée Chalamet as the iconic American musician. Set photos from the New York City shoot have emerged online, offering a first look at the 28-year-old actor in costume.

“A Complete Unknown” will follow Dylan’s emergence in the New York folk music scene during the 1960s after the singer-songwriter moving from Minnesota to New York.

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In the first look from set, Chalamet can be seen wearing an old-looking scarf and layering up with some gloves and a thick jacket. Looks like a snowy day in New York for young Bob Dylan. Of course, he’s lugging around a guitar too.

Along with Chalamet, the cast for “A Complete Unknown” is also reported to include Elle Fanning as Sylvie Russo, Monica Barbaro as Joan Baez, Nick Offerman as Alan Lomax and Boyd Holbrook as Johnny Cash. Edward Norton stepped in to play the role of Pete Seeger after a production delay led to Benedict Cumberbatch dropping out.

Mangold also shared an image from the production on social media, offering another look at Chalamet in costume and the period detail of the production design.

“The best true-life movies are never cradle to grave but they’re about a very specific moment,” Mangold told the Happy Sad Confused podcast last year, speaking about the film. “It’s a kind of ensemble piece about this moment in time, the early ’60s in New York, and this 17-year-old kid with $16 in his pockets hitchhikes his way to New York to meet Woody Guthrie who is in the hospital and is dying of a nerve disease. He sings Woody a song that he wrote for him and befriends Pete Seeger, who is like a son to Woody, and Pete sets him up with gigs at local clubs and there you meet Joan Baez and all these other people who are part of this world.”

Searchlight Pictures has yet to set a date for “A Complete Unknown.” See the first look from the set below.

Timothee Chalamet as Bob Dylan filming James Mangold's "A Complete Unknown". 17 Mar 2024 Pictured: Timothee Chalamet. Photo credit: SteveSands/NewYorkNewswire/MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA1112213_006.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]
Timothee Chalamet as Bob Dylan filming James Mangold's "A Complete Unknown". 17 Mar 2024 Pictured: Timothee Chalamet. Photo credit: SteveSands/NewYorkNewswire/MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA1112213_006.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]

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