While speaking with Vanity Fair, director Denis Villeneuve brought up the main villain of Dune, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, played by Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo). Revealing that his version of the character will be more of a predator along with incorporating full-body prosthetics making him a rhino in human form.
What follows is a clash with the criminal, politically connected House Harkonnen, led by the monstrous Baron Vladimir (Stellan Skarsgård), a mammoth with merciless appetites. The baron, created with full-body prosthetics, is like a rhino in human form. This version of the character is less of a madman and more of a predator.
VILLENEUVE: “As much as I deeply love the book, I felt that the baron was flirting very often with caricature. And I tried to bring him a bit more dimension. That’s why I brought in Stellan. Stellan has something in the eyes. You feel that there’s someone thinking, thinking, thinking—that has tension and is calculating inside, deep in the eyes. I can testify, it can be quite frightening.”
This isn’t shocking as Rebecca Ferguson has previously revealed that Denis’ version of Lady Jessica would a little more modern, which isn’t terribly shocking considering the age of the novels to make certain updates for the films.
DUNE – A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
We still haven’t seen official images of House Harkonnen but that likely will change soon as I’d imagine that Vanity Fair might have more images to share in the future.
Dune is confirmed to part one of two installments that ultimately are based on the original novel by Frank Herbert. A release date hasn’t been set for the sequel. Warner Bros. has given the film a release date of December 18th, but it remains to be seen if they’ll sit to that spot.