Production is currently underway in New Jersey on a brand new biopic about the life of Bob Dylan called “A Complete Unknown”, which is being directed by James Mangold, who has previously worked on “Logan” and “Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny”.

Set in the influential New York music scene of the early ’60s, A Complete Unknown follows 19-year-old Minnesota musician Bob Dylan’s meteoric rise as a folk singer to concert halls and the top of the charts — his songs and mystique becoming a worldwide sensation — culminating in his groundbreaking electric rock and roll performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

The new Searchlight Pictures movie will star Timothée Chalamet (Dune) as Bob Dylan, along with Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Elle Fanning (Maleficent), and Monica Barbaro (Top Gun: Maverick).  

It will also star Boyd Holbrook (The Bikeriders), Scoot McNairy (Argo), Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Will Harrison (Daisy Jones & The Six) and Charlie Tahan (Ozark).

More casting details have also been revealed, which will see e P.J. Byrne (Babylon), Eli Brown (Gossip Girl), Nick Pupo (Halt and Catch Fire), Big Bill Morganfield, Laura Kariuki, Eric Berryman (Atlanta), David Alan Basche (Egg), Joe Tippett (Monarch) and James Austin Johnson (Saturday Night Live), join the cast.

The director and writer said in a statement to Deadline about the movie beginning production:

“This film has been a dream for almost five years now and I am thrilled to start shooting and thankful for the support of Searchlight, Timothée and all the gifted actors who have come aboard to help create the unique world of this movie, set in such a pivotal moment of our culture and populated by such unique artists and characters.  I am also profoundly grateful for the support of Bob Dylan and Jeff Rosen in helping Jay and me and the crew with their recollections, wisdom and access to their incredible archives.”

Searchlight Pictures President Matthew Greenfield added,

“With Jim at the helm, and this phenomenal group of actors, we could not be more excited to begin production on A COMPLETE UNKNOWN, chronicling the early period of one of the greatest artists of our time, Bob Dylan.”

This new movie is being produced by Range’s Fred Berger, The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman, Veritas Entertainment Group’s Peter Jaysen, Bob Bookman, and Alan Gasmer, Bob Dylan’s longtime representative Jeff Rosen, Chalamet, and Mangold via his Turnpike Films. Michael Bederman, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Andrew Rona are executive producers. Vice President of Production Richard Ruiz is overseeing the project for Searchlight along with Manager of Creative Affairs Cameron Chidsey, reporting to Heads of Production and Development Katie Goodson-Thomas and DanTram Nguye.

No release details have yet been announced for “A Complete Unknown”, but expect to see it released in cinemas first, before heading to Hulu/Hulu On Disney+ in the United States and on Disney+ around the world.

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