Little Women star Timothée Chalamet is set to star as Bob Dylan in a new movie charting the singer's controversial switch from folk to rock in the mid-sixties.

Deadline reports that Dylan himself is working with Searchlight Pictures and Le Mans '66 director James Mangold on the project, which has a working title of "Going Electric".

Dylan pictured in 1966

Dylan’s legendary decision to embrace an electric guitar and amp was greeted with cries of "Judas!" from his fans at gigs but the artist’s move ushered in the imperial phase of his career with the release of albums like Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.  

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Chalamet, who is winning strong reviews for his role as Theodore 'Laurie' Laurence in Little Women opposite Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep, will make his London stage debut in April with Eileen Atkins in 4,000 Miles, the Old Vic production of Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer-nominated drama.

Chalamet will begin working on the Dylan film after the play closes but he already has a busy year with Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch due to be released in the coming months, while he also takes the lead role as Paul Atreides in Denis Villenueve’s eagerly-awaited adaptation of classic sci-fi Frank Herbert novel Dune, which is released on December 18.

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