Benedict Cumberbatch Solid as Pete Seeger in Upcoming Bob Dylan Biopic

Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed to be taking part in folks singer Pete Seeger within the upcoming Bob Dylan biopic, Full Unknown. 

The information was confirmed by Deadline following a screening of director James Mangold’s newest movie, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future, at Cannes Movie Competition. Mangold additionally informed the outlet that Elle Fanning is about to star within the movie.

Seeger, who died in 2014, had a major affect on Dylan’s musical upbringing, having a profound affect on Dylan from the views of each music and activism. In flip, Seeger was an early supporter of Dylan, serving to to facilitate his debut album with Columbia Data. He additionally invited Dylan to play at Newport People Competition (the place Seeger served as a board member).

Full Unknown is about to chronicle Dylan’s early profession till his arrival in New York Metropolis. Timothée Chalamet will play Dylan and is about to do all his personal singing, whereas Monica Barbaro has additionally signed on to play Joan Baetz, one of many first main artists to file his songs within the early Sixties.

Bob Dylan. Credit score: Michael Kovac/WireImage

Final month, Mangold confirmed that the movie was to start capturing in August. “It’s such an fascinating true story about such an fascinating second within the American scene,” Mangold informed Collider.

The mission was initially introduced in 2020, earlier than being delayed indefinitely later that yr with no launch timeframe shared. In response to cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, the film’s want for period-specific settings and costuming, in addition to the necessity for many extras, have been proving a problem with the coronavirus restrictions, forcing it to be postponed.

It’s not the primary time Mangold has labored on a music biopic, having written and directed the acclaimed Johnny Money biopic Stroll the Line in 2005.

Dylan has been portrayed on the large display screen earlier than, most notably within the 2007 musical drama I’m Not There the place varied variations of him have been performed by the likes of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and the late Heath Ledger.