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Logan Director Reportedly Wants To Replace Christian Bale With Benedict Cumberbatch as Pete Seeger in Bob Dylan Movie Project

Logan Director Reportedly Wants To Replace Christian Bale With Benedict Cumberbatch as Pete Seeger in Bob Dylan Movie Project

Biographical movies about musical superstars have become a trend, it could be the wave of the new movie in Hollywood. Recently, Elvis actor Austin Butler won a Golden Globe for his performance. Movies like Framing Britney became extremely popular, and even films on Michael Jackson and Madonna are in the making. Bob Dylan is also one such movie; directed by James Mangold it has been in the making for two years now. There has not been a lot of information about it yet, but the buzz about the movie has caught the internet.

Benedict Cumberbatch will replace Christian Bales in Bob Dylan Movie

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James Mangold

In a recent podcast- Hot Mic with Jeff Sneider and John Rocha, Jeff Sneider had a lot of tea to spill about a movie in the making. He informed that Going Electric by James Mangold will have its name changed. Mangold is a reputed name in the industry, with movies like Logan, Ford Vs Ferrari, and The Wolverine, in his portfolio, being one of the most seasoned directors. Jeff Sneider revealed on the podcast that Christian Bale was being eyed for a role, there were reports that he will play Pete Seeger in the movie, but nothing was confirmed. It was probably for a reason because now Benedict Cumberbatch is being sought for the role. 

When one sees the young Pete Seeger, and Benedict Cumberbatch playing the guitar, the similarity between the two is almost uncanny. The editor, Jeff Sneider said with much enthusiasm that Cumberbatch is almost perfect for the role. He said that unless there is more to the director and Bales’ relationship, nothing should stop the director from going ahead with Benedict Cumberbatch. 

They look very similar and Cumberbatch could easily play a young Pete Seeger. He has the looks, charisma, and skill to pull off that role. However, none of the casting other than Timothee Chalamet has been confirmed.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Power of the Dog

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Timothee Chalamet as Bob Dylan

Timothee Chalamet is confirmed to be playing Bob Dylan in the movie. He has been preparing for it for almost two years. The actor will also be seen in Wonka. Chalamet’s journey has been quite unique with films like Call Me By Your Name which launched him into critic’s eyes and Dune, which made him a household name. Chalamet is probably the best candidate to play Bob Dylan.

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Timothee Chalamet in Call me by your name.

In an interview with Variety, the Dune actor talked about his affection towards Indie films and music, how they are what he grew up on and he will always have a soft spot for them. 

“Those are the kind of projects that I grew up loving, even just on the music side, those are the kind of artists that inspire me — not because there’s a beat per minute that places well in the Top 40, but because they’re just putting their artistic ethos on something.”

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The young actor also knows a little something about music. At the famed LaGuardia High School, he had the rap moniker, Lil Timmy Tim. An uncovered video of him rapping about statistics class while wearing a backward baseball cap has been watched 10 million times on YouTube. The Dune actor will expand and deepen this side of his in the movie Going Electric. When asked if he feels equally passionate about the project as it has been two years he humbly said he remains enthusiastic. He is also happy that the project is in a positive direction. 

“I haven’t stopped preparing, which has been one of the greatest gifts for me. It’s been a wonderful experience getting to dive into that world, whether we get to make it or not. But without giving anything away — because I don’t want to beat anyone to the punch, and obviously things have to come together officially — the winds that are blowing are blowing in a very positive direction.

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Timothee Chalamet has a good year planned. With Bob Dylan, Wonka, and Dune 2, we will be seeing a lot of his works soon.

Source: Youtube, Variety 

Written by Pragya Sancheti

Currently a college student with big aspirations and a ton of assignment. Pursuing Bachelors in Mass Communication and Videography from St. Xavier's. Movies and Pop-culture get me through life.