Bob Dylan biopic A Complete Unknown: Cast, release date, director, plot and songs

Here’s everything you need to know about the initial “regular” Bob Dylan biographical film.

Bob Dylan is one of the most adored and influential singer-songwriters in the past of mainstream music.

It’s a surprise then that we haven’t yet had a “conventional” biographical film about Bob in the past 60 odd years.

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  • There have been award-winning documentaries like Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz” and D.A. Pennebaker’s “Don’t Look Back,” which are fictional semi-revue and documentary films respectively.

    There have been curiosities about Quinn, Billy “the musician” who starred as Hayden Christensen in the biopic Sedgwick Edie, which was renamed as Dylan-inspired Girl Factory. Additionally, in 1978, there was a mashup drama/concert/documentary titled Clara and Renaldo, directed by Dylan, similar to the controversial 2006 film.

    Although Rocketman or Bohemian Rhapsody, similar to a traditional musical drama, did not precisely resemble Todd Haynes’s 2007 movie I’m Not There, it is the closest we have come to a biographical film about Bob Dylan.

    To clarify, the Bob character in that film was portrayed by six distinct actors: Ben Whishaw, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin, Cate Blanchett, and Christian Bale.

    Additionally, Dylan’s name is not mentioned in the movie, except for in its subtitle and during the end credits.

    So, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Bob Dylan film that we’ll be getting soon. Due to the delays caused by COVID, the biopic has been long overdue and it’s not a traditional one.

    Bob Dylan goes electric
    Bob Dylan goes electric. Picture: Getty Images

    When it was initially announced, the movie about Bob Dylan had a working title of Going Electric.

    Thankfully, the film “Unknown Complete A” now has a title, “Home Direction No Scorsese,” which is taken from a pivotal phrase in Bob’s 1965 single “Like A Rolling Stone.”

    When will the new film featuring Bob Dylan be released?

    The film about Bob Dylan has been in the works for a considerable duration.

    In January 2020, Searchlight Pictures signed a deal for the film that takes us back to the time we all remember when the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold.

    “We were planning to collaborate with [director James] Mangold on Bob Dylan,” cinematographer Phedon Papamichael informed Collider during that period.

    It didn’t happen with Timothée Chalamet in my third ’60s movie, and it would have been electric in the ’60s.

    I think it’s tough to pull off makeup and hair in small clubs with lots of extras in period costumes because it’s all dead in this COVID-era, but I don’t think of it as a bad thing.

    This summer is set to be busy, but – unless there’s a SAG strike throwing a wrench in the plans – everything was put on hold for a while, so.

    However, we will revise this information as soon as additional details emerge. Our estimate for the release date, encompassing post-production and promotion, would be towards the end of 2024, considering the duration required for filming.

    Which actors are featuring in the biographical film about Bob Dylan?

    Timothée Chalamet promotes Dune: Part Two
    Timothée Chalamet promotes Dune: Part Two. Picture: Getty Images

    The crucial question and possibly the decision on which the entire artistic, critical, and commercial success depends.

    When Searchlight disclosed the film, the company also verified that Timothée Chalamet had been chosen to portray Bob Dylan.

    You’ll identify him from his contemporary coming-of-age masterpieces Call Me by Your Name, Hot Summer Nights, and Lady Bird.

    Recently, Timothée has played the role of Paul Atreides in the sequel to Dune, as well as King’s Paul in the prequel musical movie, Wonka. Additionally, he will also be part of the cast for the upcoming Two-Part: Dune sequel.

    Elle Fanning at Cannes in 2023
    Elle Fanning at Cannes in 2023. Picture: Getty Images

    I haven’t stopped preparing the greatest gifts for me, which Chalamet told me has been one of the doubts that put his involvement in the project into doubt.

    “Engaging in that realm has been an extraordinary journey, irrespective of our ability to construct it.”

    Joining the cast of “Maverick: Gun Top” are Monica Barbaro, who will portray Elle Fanning’s fictionalized girlfriend, and Joan Baez as Bob.

    We can imagine that at least partially, the character Elle in the cover of “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” will be based on Suze, Bob Dylan’s early girlfriend who features alongside Bob.

    Benedict Cumberbatch is also featured in the film, portraying folk icon (and pivotal figure in the early Bob Dylan narrative) Pete Seeger.

    Who is helming the biographical film about Bob Dylan?

    Despite the aforementioned delays, James Mangold is still connected to direct the biographical film of Bob Dylan.

    The recent Logan movie, as well as movies like Wolverine, Indiana Jones and the Destiny of the Dial, Girl, Interrupted, and Cop Land, includes an incredible catalogue of varied films. It’s not just because of his back catalogue that we can say it’s a very good thing, but we’ll also stick our necks out.

    Recent years of biopics musician best the one remains that movie Cash Johnny Oscar-winning the Line, the Walk directed Mangold 2005 In.

    What is the plot of the Bob Dylan biographical film?

    With over 60 years at the top of the business and a couple of decades before that, filmmakers are spoiled for choice when it comes to looking at Bob Dylan’s life and times.

    Arguably, the film “Unknown Complete A” (current title and “Electric Going”) will be his greatest focus period, as you’ve probably guessed from both of his working projects.

    Bob Dylan shifted from his earlier folk-driven sound to a groundbreaking fusion of rock ‘n’ roll and electric music during his tours in 1965 and 1966.

    During his electric sets, there were slow handclaps and jeers. Although many of his original folky fans weren’t enamored, he managed to win over a massive audience.

    “Turn up the volume!” His band implored after Bob kicked into the closing show of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ at Free Trade Hall in Manchester. Even one fan yelled “JUDAS!” At the show.

    Prior to revolutionizing the music industry, A Complete Unknown will center its attention on the early years of Bob Dylan as he arrives in New York and emerges as a prominent figure in the folk music scene.

    Ever since his high school days, Bob performed with his inaugural electric drum set at the 1965 Newport Music Festival, which ultimately paved the way for his groundbreaking performance.

    Bob, who had performed in 1963 and 1964, returned to Newport as a triumphant headliner, causing chaos in the play to make his decision.

    The following day, there was no sign of what was to come: B performed his inaugural electric set since his time in high school at the 1965 Newport Music Festival, which will precede his groundbreaking performance.

    Blue Baby now wears its “Man Tambourine Mr” and “Cry to Train a Takes It Laugh, to Lot a Takes It, Laugh, to Lot a Takes It, Laugh, to Lot a Played and In Plugged Bob” outfit.

    Although the story isn’t quite as it sounds, allegedly, in the film played by Cumberbatch, Pete Seeger was threatened with an electric axe to cut the power cord at the end of the set at Newport.

    To begin with, Pete lacked a hatchet. Additionally, it was not the veracity of Bob’s choice to transition to Electric that provoked his anger.

    “It’s true that I don’t play electrified instruments, I don’t know how to,” Seeger said in a radio interview before he died.

    Did Bob recently perform in Newport using electric instruments while Howlin’ Wolf was playing? I have had the opportunity to see him play alongside other talented individuals and I admire the way he beautifully captivates the audience with his music.

    “Although you couldn’t perceive it, he was melodiously singing an exceptional tune, titled ‘Maggie’s Farm’. I was infuriated by the fact that he sang a word that was inaudible and the sound was so garbled.”

    No, this is exactly how they desire it! Shouted they in response. The sound man added, ‘Adjust the audio to ensure they can comprehend him!’ And I hurried over to the sound man.

    I was really mad. If I had an axe, I would cut the cable right now. ‘Man,’ I said, I was so mad. But they were people I don’t know.

    Actually, Pete had even composed a letter to Bob in 1990 elucidating the circumstance.

    He expressed his anger about the distorted audio. I have repeatedly refuted those claims. It was recently brought to my attention that you also believe I disapproved of your transition to electric music in 1965.

    Many cheers and boos were heard the following year as Bob, an electrician, was very upset.

    Which songs will be included in the Bob Dylan film and will Timothée Chalamet perform them?

    When asked if Timothée Chalamet will indeed be performing vocally in the film, director Mangold responded plainly with “absolutely”.

    Chalamet will have had ample practice, as he has sung several songs in Wonka.

    We don’t know what songs will appear just yet, but we know that Maggie’s Farm and Like a Rolling Stone will be present and correct. We bet that they will be far, far better than what we know so far.