Searchlight Pictures has made a casting change to its upcoming Bob Dylan biopic film, “A Complete Unknown”, which is going to tell the story of a young Bob Dylan, who shakes up the music world in 1965 when he pivots to performing with an electric guitar for the first time.

Timothée Chalamet is going to be playing the title role of a young Bob Dylan, and Elle Fanning has joined the cast to play the role of Sylvie Russ, who was an artist and university student whom Dylan was romantically involved with in the early ’60s.

Originally, Benedict Cumberbatch was going to star in the film, but due to scheduling issues, according to Deadline, he has been replaced by Ed Norton, who will be playing the role of Pete Seeger, who was an American folk singer and social activist, was one of the earliest backers of Bob Dylan.  

However, during the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, Pete Seeger was so upset over the extremely loud amplified sound coming from Bob’s speakers that he threatened to disconnect the equipment during the performance.

Ed Norton has previously starred in “Primal Fear”, “Glass Onion” and “The Incredible Hulk”.

The upcoming film will be directed by James Mangold, who has previously directed “Logan”, “Ford Vs Ferrari”, and “Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny”.  He is also set to direct a new Star Wars film set thousands of years before the events of the Skywalker Saga.

Filming on the new Searchlight Pictures movie is set to begin in March in New York City.   Jay Cocks has written the script, with James Mangold making some revisions.  It is being produced by Range’s Fred Berger, Veritas Entertainment Group’s Peter Jaysen, Bob Bookman, and Alan Gasmer, The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman, Jeff Rosen and James Mangold.

No release date has yet been confirmed for “A Complete Unknown”, and we should expect to see it released first in cinemas before eventually being released on Disney+.

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