Edward Norton has been set to play Pete Seeger in James Mangold’s “A Complete Unknown” at Searchlight Pictures.
Norton replaces Benedict Cumberbatch who has had to exit the film due to scheduling issues. Norton joins a cast that includes Timothee Chalamet as Bob Dylan and Elle Fanning on board to play Sylvie Russo.
The story centers on a young Dylan (Chalamet) who shakes up the music world in 1965 when he pivots to performing with an electric guitar for the first time.
Fanning’s Sylvie Russo was Dylan’s early-1960s love interest, a university student and artist. Jay Cocks (“Gangs of New York”) wrote the script with Mangold handling revisions.
Filming will kick off in New York this summer with author Elijah Wald’s book titled “Dylan Goes Electric’ used to help craft the script.
Fred Berger, Peter Jaysen, Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer, Alex Heineman, Jeff Rosen and Mangold are producing.