Todd Haynes plans to cast a woman (among others) as Bob Dylan

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 22 2003 12:00 AM ET

BBC News reports that Todd Haynes's next project after his Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven will be a screen biography of Bob Dylan, and the always-unpredictable out auteur plans to cast several actors in the lead role. A woman will play Dylan at the apex of his popularity in the mid 1960s, and at another point in the film the legendary troubadour will be played by a black 11-year-old boy.

"Bob Dylan is somebody who has continued to reject all of the various personas that he has embodied over the years," said Haynes. "[He] continues to move forward by discarding himself, so my idea is to put together a film of multiple characters and tell their stories simultaneously." None of the actors, according to Haynes, will represent "the definitive Dylan," and he chose to have a woman play Dylan in the era "when he was best-looking." Haynes has reportedly formed a close relationship with Dylan and will have unprecedented access to the musician's catalog of songs.