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Bob Dylan gave James Mangold notes on an upcoming biopic

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It’s always hard to trust that a biopic will do its subject justice, but in the case of James Mangold’s upcoming film about Bob Dylan, it looks like we’re in good hands. Mangold told IndieWire that the famous singer-songwriter gave the director notes for his script Complete anonymousstarring Timothée Chalamet as Dylan.

“I spent several days, wonderfully charming, in his company, one-on-one alone, talking with him,” Mangold said of Dylan. “I have a script that he’s personally commented on that I’m very proud of. He loves movies. The first time I sat down with Bob, the first thing he said to me was, ‘I love land cop’ [Mangold’s 1997 feature]. “

It also guarantees it Complete anonymous It will only portray a few years of Dylan’s life, rather than trying to cram his full story into a two-hour movie. According to Mangold, “It’s not really a biography of Bob Dylan.”


“The reason Bob supported us so much in making it, is because it’s about, as I think in all cases in the best realistic films, it’s never going to be cradle-to-grave, but it’s about a very specific moment,” the director explained. In this case, it might sound Altman-esque, but it’s kind of a musical piece about this moment in time, early ’60s New York, and this 17-year-old with $16 in his pockets hitchhiking on his way to New York to meet Woody Guthrie. who is in the hospital and is dying of a neurological disease.”

Mangold continued, “And he sings a song he wrote for Woody and becomes friends with Pete Seeger, and he’s 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, and this drifter who comes from Minnesota.” With a new name and a new outlook on life, he becomes a superstar, hits the biggest record company in the world within a year, and three years later has record sales rivaling the Beatles.

In addition to Chalamet, Complete anonymous Monica Barbaro will star as Joan Baez, Elle Fanning as Sylvie Russo, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Pete Seeger. Moreover, Chalamet will be doing his own vocals when he portrays the artist with the unique voice. The film is scheduled to begin production next August.


Mangold’s last film was June Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. As for Dylan, he released the live album Shadow kingdom Back in April.

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