Bob Dylan biopic | Benedict Cumberbatch out, Edward Norton in

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A scheduling problem knocks Benedict Cumberbatch out of A Complete Unknown – with Edward Norton stepping in instead.

James Mangold is coming off the back of Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny, and has signed up to direct a future Star Wars movie as well. But slotted between the two is a project he’s been interested in for some time: a biopic of Bob Dylan, that he’s looking to press ahead with this year.

Timothee Chalamet – still riding high off the back in the title role of Wonka – has been cast in the role of Bob Dylan, and he’s still on board the movie. But one person who’s made an exit before filming has begun is Benedict Cumberbatch.

Scheduling problems have counted Cumberbatch out of the movie, in which he was set to play Pete Seeger. No matter, as it turns out: Edward Norton has been drafted in as a more than able replaced.

Fox Searchlight is backing the project, which means it’s ultimately going to be a Disney release.

Also on board the film is Elle Fanning.

The script for the film, which is now going by the name of A Complete Unknown – has been penned by Jay Cocks. He previously wrote the likes of Gangs Of New York and Strange Days. James Mangold is believed to be doing a bit of rewrite work too before production gets underway.

The change in the ensemble should now lock the cast down, and the plan is to get A Complete Unknown in front of the cameras over the summer (it was originally going to get going in March). Filming has been set for New York, and we’d imagine there’s a fair amount of location work involved.

No release date has been announced, but it looks as though a 2025 unveiling is on the cards. When we get confirmation of that, we will of course let you know.


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