The Hollywood Reporter and Variety had the casting scoop on the upcoming Dune remake. Stellan Skarsgard and Dave Bautista have been cast in Legendary’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel, joining previously cast Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson.
Skarsgard will play the villain Baron Harkonnen, “whose family previously ruled Arrakis and has a long hatred of the Atreides family, plotting with the galactic emperor to destroy it.” Bautista will play his sadistic nephew ‘Beast’ Rabban.
Chalamet is playing “Paul Atreides, the son of the ruler of the family, who is forced to escape into the desert wastelands and partner with its nomadic tribes. Using enhanced mental abilities, he eventually rises to become their ruler, with the nomads believing he is their messiah, and leads an army to overthrow the empire.”
Denis Villeneuve is set to direct with shooting beginning in Budapest and Jordan this spring. The script was written by Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. Villeneuve is also producing, along with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter. Dune tells “the complex story of a fallen noble family’s attempt to control a desert planet named Arrakis and its export, a rare spice drug, while being betrayed by a galactic emperor.”
Are you excited for Dune? Read our review of the 1984 film here.