Elle Fanning To Star Opposite Timothée Chalamet in ‘A Complete Unknown’


James Mangold’s upcoming biopic A Complete Unknown just gained a new star. Deadline announced that Elle Fanning is the latest addition to the Bob Dylan feature. She will star alongside Timothée Chalamet and Monica Barbaro.

Set in the early 1960s, A Complete Unknown chronicles a young Dylan’s rise in the music industry, going from acoustic to electric guitar. Fanning is set to play Sylvie Russo. She was an artist and university student who was one of Dylan’s loves. Barbaro will play folk singer Joan Baez.

Currently, Fanning stars in Hulu original series The Great, “an occasionally true story” about Russian empress Catherine the Great. The show premiered its third season on May 12. Fanning also led the Hulu series The Girl From Plainville, and appeared in movies such as All the Bright Places, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and Teen Spirit (2018), among others.

A Complete Unknown is directed by Mangold from a screenplay by Jay Cocks, for which Mangold oversees revisions. Mangold, Jeff Rosen, Automatik’s Fred Berger, The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman, and Veritas Entertainment Group’s Peter Jaysen, Bob Bookman, and Alan Gasmer produce. Executive producers include Dylan, and Andrew Rona and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Automatik.

A Complete Unknown currently has no projected release window. Production is scheduled to begin sometime this summer.

Julia is a writer/editor/content assistant for Nerds who joined the team in 2019.

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