RISE OF A SUPERSTAR
By Lee Parham
With both Dune and The French Dispatch opening on the same day, we look back on the already fantastic career of the young Timothée Chalamet.
The Dune star was born into a theatrical family. While his French-born father Marc had no creative background, his mother Nicole was a former Broadway dancer and his sister Pauline is an actress.
Chalamet had humble beginnings in his acting career, bouncing around several minor roles on TV and the stage at a young age. Some notable work included parts in Law & Order and Homeland.
He then proceeded to gain minor parts in significant projects from acclaimed directors like Jason Reitman in Men, Women, and Children, and Christopher Nolan in sci-fi epic Interstellar.
Chalamet gravitated to independent movies, working in Love the Coopers, Miss Stevens, and The Adderall Diaries as he waited for his breakout role.
The Adderall Diaries
Chalamet wouldn't have to wait much longer, as fortune favored the young actor in 2017 with two major bursts onto the Hollywood scene in Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name.
Call Me By Your Name
Each film garnered major awards consideration. Both received nominations for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and Timothée earned his first Oscar nomination as Elio in Call Me By Your Name.
While exploding into the mainstream, indie projects began to stack up for Chalamet, including pictures such as the western Hostiles and Beautiful Boy.
2019 proved to be the biggest year yet for the actor. He starred in iconic director Woody Allen's film A Rainy Day in New York opposite Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez.
Next, he re-teamed with Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig in the latest remake of Louisa May-Alcott's acclaimed novel Little Women. Chalamet played the part of Theodore "Laurie" Lawrence.
Finally in 2019, Chalamet portrayed a young Henry V in The King for Netflix. The film focused on King Henry as he navigated his newfound royal duties after the passing of his father.
Chalamet looks to top his 2019 campaign in 2021 with three films from three acclaimed directors. Opening the same day are The French Dispatch and Dune.
The French Dispatch
The French Dispatch is the new film from beloved arthouse director Wes Anderson. The movie has been described as “a love letter to journalists" with Timothée in a leading role.
French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is attempting to tackle the science fiction classic Dune, a book some call “unadaptable”. Chalamet headlines the film as protagonist Paul Atreides.
Chalamet is also featured in the ensemble cast of the apocalyptic movie Don't Look Up from Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Adam McKay, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.
As Chalamet prepares for another year in the spotlight, more big projects are on the horizon, including his casting as Willy Wonka in the upcoming prequel film Wonka.
Despite his young age, Timothée Chalamet has already established himself as a commanding force in the film industry with years of immense potential in massive motion pictures to come.