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Todd Haynes' Dylan Biopic I'm Not There Stirs Up Buzz

Over the last day or so the internet has been abuzz about Cate Blanchett's portrayal of Bob Dylan in gay filmmaker Todd Haynes' (Far from Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Poison) upcoming experimental biopic I'm Not There.

ImnotthereAs a Haynes fan I'm really looking forward to this film, not only for Blanchett, who features prominently in a scene leaked yesterday in which Dylan converses with beat poet Allen Ginsburg (played by David Cross), but for the unusual approach Haynes has taken, enlisting five additional actors who also play Dylan at various stages of his life.

Haynes is at ease with experimentation (his breakthrough film, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, was a biopic of the singer's life made entirely with Barbie Dolls) and has proven he can do Oscar-caliber drama, so hopefully I'm Not There will be a treat.

Each actor's portrayal, at different stages of Dylan's growth, is shot in a different style meant to showcase various moments on the folk singer-turned-rock star's journey.

Harvey Weinstein told the New York Times on Tuesday that the film is being given a "rolling release": "With a movie like this you have to build it. I don’t think you can go out on 500 screens. The reason for Film Forum is you go where the best word of mouth is on the movie. I like the movie; I think it’s adventurous. The audience is going to have to work — work in a good way."

He also singles out one actor: "I may be jumping the gun, but if Cate Blanchett doesn’t get nominated, I’ll shoot myself."

And here's the leaked scene with Allen Ginsburg:

The film is the first biopic on the legendary folk icon to get the approval of Dylan himself.

Here's Ledger as the singer (his wife Michelle Williams also has a role):


Shots of the other four actors — Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin, and Ben Whishaw, after the jump...





I'm Not There is out in New York and L.A. on November 21st.

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  1. Todd Haynes' rocks my world. I can't fucking wait.

    Posted by: Pugzz | Aug 23, 2007 10:27:50 AM

  2. i love this concept-Todd Solondz touched on the different actors/same character scheme in Palindromes, but this looks much more enjoyable.

    Posted by: bigggnasty | Aug 23, 2007 10:48:57 AM

  3. wow, this looks to be very interesting
    can't wait to check it out

    Posted by: gabriel | Aug 23, 2007 10:59:09 AM

  4. That picture of Heath Ledger is sexy as hell.

    Posted by: sam | Aug 23, 2007 11:37:48 AM

  5. Todd's concept alos allows for different "Dylans" to be in the same scene with one another and converse. There'll be a scene with Hedger as the "Christian" Dylan talks with Blanchett's 60's-era Dylan.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 23, 2007 11:49:25 AM

  6. I thought I was over him, but that picture of Heath Ledger made me hot for him all over again. Damn!

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Aug 23, 2007 11:53:11 AM

  7. it's Allen GinsbErg (!!!!)

    not GinsbUrg

    Posted by: smkflwr | Aug 23, 2007 12:58:31 PM

  8. Haynes was in Minneapolis a year or so back w/ a retrospective of some of his work - including "Poison" and "Far From Heaven". He mentioned that MN's Native Son, Dylan, was all aboard on the project - and seeing these clips, it's no surprise as the work looks mature, thoughtful, accessible and experimental -- all at once. Bravo to a real Haynes as auteur now that we've lost Antonioni and Bergman so far this year....

    Posted by: resurrect | Aug 23, 2007 1:36:29 PM

  9. The Blanchett scene was leaked months ago.

    Posted by: anon ( | Aug 23, 2007 1:54:30 PM

  10. Blanchett, Bale and Haynes--I've been wet over this movie for months already!

    Posted by: Derrick | Aug 23, 2007 4:25:23 PM

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