Chalamet Invites Butler's Elvis for Dylan Film: A 'Musical Cinematic Universe'

Exploring legends, Chalamet and Butler bridge musical epochs

by Zain ul Abedin
Chalamet Invites Butler's Elvis for Dylan Film: A 'Musical Cinematic Universe'
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In an engaging conversation with NME during the promotion of "Dune: Part Two," Timothée Chalamet and Austin Butler shared insights into their experiences portraying two of the twentieth century's most iconic musicians.

Butler, who earned critical acclaim for his role as Elvis Presley in the 2022 hit film "Elvis," and Chalamet, who is gearing up to delve into the world of folk rock legend Bob Dylan in the much-anticipated biopic "A Complete Unknown," discussed the unique challenges and joys of bringing these musical giants to life on screen.

Chalamet, 28, expressed his admiration for Butler's portrayal of Presley, revealing that he has been eagerly seeking advice from the 32-year-old actor. "I've been picking Austin's brain non-stop," Chalamet admitted, highlighting the profound respect both Dylan and Presley had for each other's work and the influence they wielded over the music industry.

He also teased the idea of intertwining their stories, suggesting the creation of a "musical cinematic universe." Butler, on the other hand, shared his enthusiasm for Chalamet's project, confessing his desire to witness the creation of the Dylan biopic firsthand.

"Timothée works so hard, and it's just so cool to get to discuss process and talk through things. I can't wait for that film," Butler stated, expressing his wish to be a part of the magic on set every day.

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Chalamet's aspiration for Butler to make an appearance in "A Complete Unknown" as Elvis hints at the potential for crossover between the two legends' narratives, reminiscent of the brief Elvis cameo in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." Butler's portrayal of Elvis not only garnered widespread acclaim but also earned him his first Academy Award nomination.

The film "Elvis" chronicled Presley's meteoric rise to fame, his unprecedented impact on music and culture, and his untimely death in 1977. Chalamet's venture into Dylan's story with "A Complete Unknown" - a title inspired by the lyrics from Dylan's 1965 classic "Like a Rolling Stone" - promises to offer a fresh perspective on another monumental figure in music history.

Chalamet has been closely connected to the Dylan project since 2020, with plans to begin filming in New York in March, as reported by Deadline. The actor's dedication to authenticity led him to visit Hibbing High School, Dylan's alma mater, where he met with the school's theater students to discuss acting and theater, deeply immersing himself in Dylan's early environment to bring genuineness to his portrayal.