Denis Villeneuve‘s ‘Dune’ is moving forward with casting as Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’,’Lady Bird’) is in talks to be the first cast member for the film. If these talks are successful, he will be signing on to play the leading role of Paul “Muad’Dib” Atreides. Villeneuve has been working on putting this film together since before the release of ‘Blade Runner 2049′ and the fact that casting is beginning seems to be a good sign that we’ll be hearing more news about the project sooner than later.
Especially as multiple films have been confirmed as long as the first does well at the box office.
Legendary had picked up both the film and television rights to Frank Herbert’s cult classic in 2016 with a plan to make a cinematic franchise. The tale is so extensive that you almost have to wish they had gone the television route but with Villeneuve in the director’s chair, we have someone who should be able to realize Herbert’s vision in a compelling way that will win over audiences and critics alike.
The story of ‘Dune’ was first published in 1965 and still resonates with fans today. It is a coming of age tale set in a universe that has been the inspiration for countless stories including the original “Star Wars” trilogy. In it, we follow a young nobleman, Paul Atreides, as he has to navigate a new world, interstellar politics, betrayal, and so much more.
So far, a feature film by David Lynch and a mini-series on Syfy have both tried to capture this story and have fallen short in various areas. Fans of the source material are eagerly awaiting a proper adaptation, and I believe we’re all hoping that Villeneuve can pull it off!
Are you looking forward to a new take on ‘Dune’? Do you feel that Denis Villeneuve will be able to successfully adapt Frank Herbert’s work? Would you have preferred this to be an ongoing television series or is a set of films the proper way to bring this masterpiece to life? Share your thoughts below!