Elle Fanning celebrates 26th birthday filming Bob Dylan biopic A Complete Unknown with Timothee Chalamet

Elle Fanning celebrated her 26th birthday on Tuesday while hard at work on the New York City set of Searchlight Pictures’ fully-authorized Bob Dylan biopic, A Complete Unknown, alongside producer-star Timothée Chalamet.

The Emmy-nominated actress portrays Sylvie Russo – a thinly-veiled version of the late artist Suze Rotolo – who began dating the legendary 82-year-old in 1961 while they were teenagers and split in 1964 after their abortion and his affair with Joan Baez.

Suze – who died at age 67 in 2011 – inspired several of Bob’s songs including Boots of Spanish Leather, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right; and Tomorrow Is a Long Time.

Rotolo inspired Dylan to paint, sing about the civil rights movement, and introduced him to the writings of French poet Arthur Rimbaud and German playwright Bertolt Brecht.

The 28-year-old Oscar nominee clearly found a way to amuse birthday girl Elle (born Mary) while in between takes of the big-screen adaptation of Elijah Wald’s 2015 book Dylan Goes Electric!Elle Fanning (L) celebrated her 26th birthday on Tuesday while hard at work on the New York City set of Searchlight Pictures' fully-authorized Bob Dylan biopic, A Complete Unknown, alongside producer-star Timothée Chalamet (R)

Elle Fanning (L) celebrated her 26th birthday on Tuesday while hard at work on the New York City set of Searchlight Pictures’ fully-authorized Bob Dylan biopic, A Complete Unknown, alongside producer-star Timothée Chalamet (R)

The Emmy-nominated actress portrays Sylvie Russo - a thinly-veiled version of the late artist Suze Rotolo (L, pictured in 1961) - who began dating the legendary 82-year-old (R) in 1961 while they were teenagers and split in 1964 after their abortion and his affair with Joan Baez

Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips dressed Fanning in a maroon pea coat over a red-and-white striped turtleneck, black jeans, and matching ballet flats.

The Great producer-star covered her newly-cut blonde bob with a long human hair wig to more authentically portray the ‘fair-skinned and golden-haired, full-blood Italian’ who ‘was the most erotic thing’ Bob had ever seen.

Timothée – who was glued to his guitar case – was dressed in a light brown jacket over a blue-plaid shirt, retro blue jeans, and brown boots.

Chalamet’s costume was identical to Dylan’s look on the cover of his iconic 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, in which he walked arm-in-arm with Suze.

Joining the talented twosome on set was director James Mangold, who said ‘of course’ Timothée is doing all of his own singing in the film, which began production on March 16.

‘It’s such an amazing time in American culture and the story of Bob’s — a young 19-year-old Bob Dylan coming to New York with like two dollars in his pocket and becoming a worldwide sensation within three years,’ the 60-year-old filmmaker told Collider a year ago.

‘First being embraced into the family of folk music in New York and of course kind of outrunning him at a certain point his star rises beyond belief. It’s such an interesting true story and about such an interesting moment in the American scene. Different characters from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Pete Seeger to Joan Baez — they all have a role to play in this movie.’

Chalamet – whose rap alter ego is Lil Timmy Tim – previously warmed his pipes in Paul King’s 2023 musical prequel Wonka and Woody Allen’s 2019 rom-com A Rainy Day in New York (which also starred Elle Fanning).Suze - who died at age 67 in 2011 - inspired several of Bob's songs including Boots of Spanish Leather, Don't Think Twice, It's All Right; and Tomorrow Is a Long Time

Suze – who died at age 67 in 2011 – inspired several of Bob’s songs including Boots of Spanish Leather, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right; and Tomorrow Is a Long Time

Rotolo inspired Dylan to paint, sing about the civil rights movement, and introduced him to the writings of French poet Arthur Rimbaud and German playwright Bertolt Brecht
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Rotolo inspired Dylan to paint, sing about the civil rights movement, and introduced him to the writings of French poet Arthur Rimbaud and German playwright Bertolt Brecht

The 28-year-old Oscar nominee (R) clearly found a way to amuse birthday girl Elle while in between takes of the big-screen adaptation of Elijah Wald's 2015 book Dylan Goes Electric!
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The 28-year-old Oscar nominee (R) clearly found a way to amuse birthday girl Elle while in between takes of the big-screen adaptation of Elijah Wald’s 2015 book Dylan Goes Electric!

Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips dressed Fanning in a maroon pea coat over a red-and-white striped turtleneck, black jeans, and matching ballet flats
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Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips dressed Fanning in a maroon pea coat over a red-and-white striped turtleneck, black jeans, and matching ballet flats

The Great producer-star covered her newly-cut blonde bob with a long human hair wig to more authentically portray the 'fair-skinned and golden-haired, full-blood Italian' who 'was the most erotic thing' Bob had ever seen
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The Great producer-star covered her newly-cut blonde bob with a long human hair wig to more authentically portray the ‘fair-skinned and golden-haired, full-blood Italian’ who ‘was the most erotic thing’ Bob had ever seen

Timothée - who was glued to his guitar case - was dressed in a light brown jacket over a blue-plaid shirt, retro blue jeans, and brown boots
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Timothée – who was glued to his guitar case – was dressed in a light brown jacket over a blue-plaid shirt, retro blue jeans, and brown boots

Chalamet's costume was identical to Dylan's look on the cover of his iconic 1963 album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, in which he walked arm-in-arm with Suze
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Chalamet’s costume was identical to Dylan’s look on the cover of his iconic 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, in which he walked arm-in-arm with Suze

Joining the talented twosome on set was director James Mangold (M), who said 'of course' Timothée is doing all of his own singing in the film, which began production on March 16
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Joining the talented twosome on set was director James Mangold (M), who said ‘of course’ Timothée is doing all of his own singing in the film, which began production on March 16

The 60-year-old filmmaker told Collider a year ago: 'It's such an amazing time in American culture and the story of Bob's — a young 19-year-old Bob Dylan coming to New York with like two dollars in his pocket and becoming a worldwide sensation within three years'
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The 60-year-old filmmaker told Collider a year ago: ‘It’s such an amazing time in American culture and the story of Bob’s — a young 19-year-old Bob Dylan coming to New York with like two dollars in his pocket and becoming a worldwide sensation within three years’

Chalamet - whose rap alter ego is Lil Timmy Tim - previously warmed his pipes in Paul King's 2023 musical prequel Wonka and Woody Allen's 2019 rom-com A Rainy Day in New York (which also starred Elle Fanning)
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Chalamet – whose rap alter ego is Lil Timmy Tim – previously warmed his pipes in Paul King’s 2023 musical prequel Wonka and Woody Allen’s 2019 rom-com A Rainy Day in New York (which also starred Elle Fanning)

Edward Norton, Monica Barbaro, Boyd Holbrook, Nick Offerman, Dan Fogler, and Joe Tippett also star in A Complete Unknown (which references a lyric in the reclusive singer-songwriter's 1965 hit Like A Rolling Stone)
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Edward Norton, Monica Barbaro, Boyd Holbrook, Nick Offerman, Dan Fogler, and Joe Tippett also star in A Complete Unknown (which references a lyric in the reclusive singer-songwriter’s 1965 hit Like A Rolling Stone)

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (M) previously nailed young electric-era Bob Dylan aka Jude Quinn in Todd Haynes' critically-acclaimed 2007 experimental drama, I'm Not There
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Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (M) previously nailed young electric-era Bob Dylan aka Jude Quinn in Todd Haynes’ critically-acclaimed 2007 experimental drama, I’m Not There

However, A Complete Unknown will be executive produced by Bob (pictured September 23), who next bring his Rough and Rowdy Ways World Wide Tour to the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA on June 21
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However, A Complete Unknown will be executive produced by Bob (pictured September 23), who next bring his Rough and Rowdy Ways World Wide Tour to the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA on June 21

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is truly a national treasure having received 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Pulitzer Prize special citation, and the Nobel Prize in literature
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is truly a national treasure having received 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Pulitzer Prize special citation, and the Nobel Prize in literature

Edward Norton, Monica Barbaro, Boyd Holbrook, Nick Offerman, Dan Fogler, and Joe Tippett also star in A Complete Unknown (which references a lyric in the reclusive singer-songwriter’s 1965 hit Like A Rolling Stone).

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett previously nailed young electric-era Bob Dylan aka Jude Quinn in Todd Haynes’ critically-acclaimed 2007 experimental drama, I’m Not There.

However, A Complete Unknown will be executive produced by Bob himself.

Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman) will next bring his Rough and Rowdy Ways World Wide Tour to the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA on June 21.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is truly a national treasure having received 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Pulitzer Prize special citation, and the Nobel Prize in literature.

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