Timothée Chalamet as Bob Dylan in 'A Complete Unknown' Set

Timothée Chalamet showcases remarkable versatility in latest role

by Zain ul Abedin
Timothée Chalamet as Bob Dylan in 'A Complete Unknown' Set
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Timothée Chalamet embodies a young Bob Dylan in the upcoming biopic "A Complete Unknown," sparking considerable buzz on set in Echo Lake Park, New Jersey. On April 15, the 28-year-old star was seen performing alongside Monica Barbaro, who portrays Dylan’s iconic girlfriend, Joan Baez.

This dynamic pairing reenacts the vibrant folk music scene of the 1960s, a pivotal era Dylan famously dominated. In his portrayal, Chalamet takes on the role of Dylan at 19, capturing the singer’s ascension to fame and his groundbreaking deal with Columbia Records.

The set was alive with the spirit of the era as Chalamet, with a harmonica attached to his shirt, sang into a microphone while Barbaro strummed the guitar. Their costumes were period-perfect; Chalamet donned a brown jacket paired with a blue shirt and jeans, while Barbaro was dressed in a colorful patterned dress, her hair elegantly styled in a side parting.

Adding to the star-studded cast, Elle Fanning was spotted with Chalamet on April 9 in Paterson, New Jersey. The pair shared a light moment amidst a backdrop of flower pots, with Fanning dressed in a burgundy jacket over a striped turtleneck, embodying another of Dylan’s love interests, Sylvie Russo.

Chalamet's Vocal Transformation

The film, directed by James Mangold, boasts an impressive lineup including Nick Offerman as musicologist Alan Lomax and Boyd Holbrook as the legendary Johnny Cash. Edward Norton steps into the shoes of folk singer Pete Seeger after Benedict Cumberbatch had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts.

This month, Mangold confirmed that Chalamet would indeed lend his voice to Dylan’s songs in the film. Chalamet’s vocal coach, Eric Vetro - who previously collaborated with him on "Wonka" - praised the actor’s musical adaptability.

He highlighted Chalamet’s swift transformation from playing Willy Wonka to Bob Dylan, noting his remarkable ability to switch between complex characters seamlessly, reminiscent of Renée Zellweger’s transformation for her role as Judy Garland.

As anticipation builds for "A Complete Unknown," the portrayal of a young Bob Dylan by Timothée Chalamet promises not only a visual and auditory tribute to the music legend but also a vivid reimagining of a transformative period in music history.

Fans of Dylan and biopic enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting what is poised to be a compelling journey through the folk legend's early days on the silver screen.