Elle Fanning to Play Bob Dylan's Girlfriend in Biopic

The Princess Aurora of 'Maleficent' franchise has boarded Timothee Chalamet-fronted movie 'A Complete Unknown' about the life and career of the 'Blowin' in the Wind' singer.

AceShowbiz - Elle Fanning has been added to the cast of "A Complete Unknown". The 25-year-old star has secured a role in the Bob Dylan biopic alongside Timothee Chalamet and Monica Barbaro.

Directed by James Mangold, the film will star the "Dune" actor as Dylan with Elle portraying the "Blowin' in the Wind" singer's early 1960s love interest, the university student and artist Sylvie Russo.

"A Complete Unknown" focuses on a transformative moment for Dylan as he shook up his folk music act by going electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. The move proved divisive amongst his fans and the music scene but put Dylan on the path to recording some of his greatest songs and albums.

Monica will play folk singer and activist Joan Baez, who performed "Blowin' in the Wind" at the festival.

Mangold has written the script along with Jay Cocks and production on the film is set to start this summer in New York. Dylan serves as an executive producer on the film alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Andrew Rona.

Mangold said of the project, "It's such an interesting true story about such an interesting moment in the American scene, different characters from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, to Pete Seeger to Joan Baez, all have a role to play in this movie."

The "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" director previously confirmed that Chalamet would be using his vocals in his portrayal of Dylan. Quizzed on if Timothee would be singing, he told Collider, "Of course."

Mangold's Dylan biopic was first announced in 2020 with Chalamet attached to play the lead role. At the time, it was not known if the actor would perform the music legend's songs but it was revealed that he had started taking guitar lessons in preparation for the part.

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