The latest filmmaker to tackle the literary behemoth is Arrival director Denis Villeneuve, who has assembled a mighty cast for his vision of the sci-fi epic. The film's star Timothée Chalamet revealed that shooting wrapped in Norway, and with a Christmas 2020 release in sight, the hype for Dune is coming.
Denis Villeneuve, Director
Denis Villeneuve is well-acquainted with the intricacies of science fiction, most recently sinnce directing the neon-drenched Blade Runner 2049. The Quebecois filmmaker approaches everything with intimacy and emotion as a priority, no matter how outlandish the setting. An empathetic storyteller could be just what Dune needs to avoid crumbling under its weighty source material.
Timothée Chalamet, Paul Atreides
David Lynch enlisted a pre-Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan to lead the sci-fi epic as Paul Atreides, while Denis Villeneuve's choice is an actor with an equally lush set of locks: Timothée Chalamet. Trading peaches for spices, the Call Me By Your Name actor will portray a young nobleman who comes into his own as he develops superhuman powers. Sounds like the part is tailor-made for the king.
Rebecca Ferguson, Lady Jessica
According to Frank Herbert's son Brian, the author modelled Lady Jessica after his wife Beverly, with both women sharing 'dignified, gentle ways of influence, and even prescient abilities'. That being said, any actress in the role has a lot to live up to – but all doubts can be quickly cast aside with Rebecca Ferguson as the mother of Paul and concubine of Leto Atreides.
Oscar Isaac, Duke Leto Atreides
Any viewers attuned to the career of Oscar Isaac should be raising their eyebrows. Like almost every character Isaac has played, Paul's father Leto meets a less-than-fortunate fate. But fear not, if Dune ever expands its cinematic universe, the patriarch of the Atreides clan is the central character of Brian Herbert's prequel trilogy.
The former Disney Channel star can currently be seen terrifying the parents of Gen Z kids in gritty teen drama Euphoria, which is a testament to her versatility as an actress in the few screen credits she has acquired so far. Paul first meets Chani, the protagonist's love interest in his dreams – considering that she's portrayed by Zendaya, this is all too relatable.
Stellan Skarsgård, Baron Vladmir Harkonnen
In the novel, the antagonist of Dune is described as being so 'grossly and immensely fat' that he needs anti-gravity devices to support his weight. Maybe that's an insult to Stellan Skarsgård, but the actor still seems more than capable of portraying the film's primary villain. After charming the world's hearts in Mamma Mia and providing existential terror in Chernobyl, playing a master manipulator with bad acne is no big deal.
Josh Brolin, Gurney Halleck
After getting the axe in Avengers: Endgame, Josh Brolin will put away the Infinity Gauntlet for the baliset in Dune. This isn't the first time the actor has worked with Villeneuve: the two previously collaborated on the excellent Sicario, though this time Brolin will be switching to the light side as Paul's weapons teacher and dedicated follower of the Atreides family.
Jason Momoa, Duncan Idaho
Giving Johnny Utah a run for his money, Duncan Idaho has an enviable name and a major upgrade in muscle power in the form of Aquaman himself Jason Mamoa. This is perhaps the most telling piece of casting in terms of where the franchise could go: Duncan seems like a relatively minor character at first, but in later novels, he becomes one of the most pivotal players in the series.
Rounding out the cast is Javier Bardem as a leader of a native tribe, Charlotte Rampling as the all-seeing mentor of Lady Jessica, and Dave Bautista as the brutish nephew of Vladmir Harkonnen. Villeneuve's film reportedly covers the first half of the novel, which suggests that the story will stay dedicated to its complex source material. The possibility of a sequel is already floating around, so this impressive ensemble may come back to Arrakis for more.
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