Another casting addition for Legendary Pictures’ Dune has been revealed.
Variety now reports that Blade Runner 2049 actor Dave Bautista is poised to reunite with director Denis Villeneuve for his Dune remake.
His role isn’t disclosed in the trade report but it’s very likely he could be playing Rabban Harkonnen. One of the brutish villains of the novel that attempts to exterminate House Atredies when they feud over the power to the spice mining operation on Arrakis.
UPDATE: TheHollywoodReporter now confirms that Dave’s role is indeed Rabban.
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Set on the planet Arrakis, we find ourselves exploring the story of two warring galactic royal families House Atreides and House Harkonnen. When Duke Leto Atreides is assassinated, his son Paul and wife Lady Jessica escape only to be adopted by the Fremen, who becomes Paul’s personal army against the Harkonnen as he develops powers from the spice, a substance that extends life and powers interstellar travel. A tangled web of royal intrigue is revealed with the Emperor and other cosmic powers pulling the strings while attempting to erase house Atreides.
Filming is expected to begin this March at Orgio Film Studios in Budapest, Hungary and is could possibly shoot in the country of Jordan as well.
Dave would be joining Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides and Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides.
A release date for Dune has yet to be announced would but come sometime in 2020.