The casting announcements for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune are keeping us on our toes as each addition keeps increasing our excitement. Oscar-winner Javier Bardem is the latest to join the project as TheHollywoodReporter has learned the Spanish actor has entered talks for a key supporting role in the science fiction epic. Bardem would play Fremen leader Stilgar, who aligns himself with Paul Atreides against the horrid Horkkoneen.
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.
The rest of the cast includes Timothee Chalamet as the lead Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as his young mother Lady Jessica Atreides, Oscar Isaac as Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides, Zendaya as Paul’s Fremen warrior love interest, Stellan Skarsgard as main villain Baron Harkonnen, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, and Dave Bautista as the Baron’s sadistic nephew Rabban Harkonnen.
Chalamet has confirmed to MTVNews that production will begin next month, as I previously reported, also filming locations will include Origo Film Studios in Budapest, Hungary, and Jordan (confirmed as well).
A release date for Dune has yet to be made official.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER