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Timothée Chalamet Reveals Listening to 12 Hours of Unreleased Bob Dylan Songs

Ahead of his role in the forthcoming biopic “Complete Unknown,” Timothée Chalamet received a unique glimpse into Bob Dylan’s musical archives. Dylan’s longtime manager, Jeff Rosen, who is also taking on a producer role in the film, granted Chalamet access to a 12-hour playlist featuring unreleased Dylan songs recorded between 1959 and 1964.

In a recent interview with Happy Sad Confused’s Josh Horowitz, Timothée Chalamet acknowledged that his privileged access to a 12-hour playlist of unreleased Bob Dylan tracks from 1959 to ’64 might not sit well with devoted Bob fans. He expressed a sense of holding onto something invaluable, akin to gold. Chalamet also noted that some of the music overlaps with publicly available bootlegs, such as ‘The Minnesota Tapes.’

Directed by James Mangold, known for “Le Mans ’66,” the film diverges from a comprehensive life story of Dylan. Instead, it zooms in on the pivotal moment in 1965 when Dylan controversially embraced the electric guitar, a decision that left many of his original fans feeling alienated.

Chalamet is set to showcase his singing talents in the upcoming film, having prepared for the role alongside the team that worked with Austin Butler for Elvis. The project, initially announced in 2020, faced indefinite delays later that year, with no specified release timeframe. Although filming was initially scheduled to commence in August of this year, ongoing Hollywood strikes led to further postponements. The latest update indicates that production is now slated to kick off early next year.

Bob Dylan played a hands-on role in the film’s development, providing personal annotations on Chalamet’s script and engaging in several days of discussions with director James Mangold.

Chalamet’s recent venture, “Wonka,” casts him as a younger iteration of the iconic chocolatier from Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” In a glowing four-star review, NME praised “Wonka” for its charm, heart, and visually stunning elements. While some plot twists may be predictable, the film’s overall appeal is heightened by scene-stealing performances, particularly from Hugh Grant as Lofty, a sassy Oompa Loompa.

depth is woven into the narrative through Willy’s evolving friendship with book-loving orphan Noodle, played by Calah Lane. Despite not being an immaculate confection, “Wonka” is deemed enticing enough to potentially become a future festive favorite, leaving audiences eager to indulge in its charm.

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