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'I'm Not There' Photos: Heath Ledger and Richard Gere as Bob Dylan

August 9, 2007 4:40 PM ET

As you may have noticed, Rock Daily is following the progress of Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There pretty closely. Last summer our collective minds were blown by eerily spot-on photos of Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan. We visited the film's Montreal set, then checked out the first clip to leak from the film, which features Blanchett's Dylan conversing with Allen Ginsberg, played by David Cross. Most recently, we were treated to a special screening of I'm Not There, where we learned about performances by My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Sonic Youth. And now we've stumbled upon two more photos from the set, of Heath Ledger and Richard Gere in character as Dylan.

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