– the highly anticipated Bob Dylan biopic in which several different actors(both male and female alike) portray the iconic singer/songwriter – may not be released in the U.S. until Nov. 21, but that doesn’t mean our European friends across the Atlantic can’t give us a little taste of what’s to come. As the film has already been shown twice at the Toronto and London film festivals, as well as the full country-wide release in Italy, it’s only natural that a YouTube teaser clip would pop up here and there to whet the appetites of rabid Dylan-ites across the U.S. (quite possibly increasing the amounts of foam already forming around the corners of their respective mouths).
The film’s cast list is jaw dropping, bearing big names like Cate Blanchett (as one version of Dylan, above), Richard Gere (Dylan again, but this time doing his best “Billy the Kid” impression), and Heath Ledger. But even more impressive is the soundtrack that includes some of the most influential artists in music today. From Eddie Vedder to Stephen Malkmus, Iron & Wine to Sonic Youth, Jeff Tweedy to Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Here’s the clip from the film, which includes a scene with Christian Bale as Dylan singing gospel music and preaching the word, references to the singer’s infamously fan-panned born-again Christian phase during the late ’70s to the early ’80s: