The remake of ‘Dune‘ is one of the few that many audiences can get behind and even the actors are thrilled about it with Timothée Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’,’Interstellar’) who is playing the lead as Paul Atreides calling it “a dream come true”! Frank Herbert’s masterpiece has been translated to the big screen by David Lynch and the small screen on Syfy though both iterations have felt lacking. Now, Denis Villeneuve who was behind ‘Arrival’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ has a lot riding on his iteration.
That being said, Chalamet at the very least isn’t worried that they’ve got something amazing to work with:
“I have read the script and the book, and I am so grateful that it’s a big movie and yet, there’s a real arc to this character. My enthusiasm for the David Lynch version is through the roof. And I got an impression that Denis shares my opinion, too. So working on ‘Dune’ is like a dream come true…I don’t think the film version will suffer from green screen-isms or something like it’s silly or something. It feels like the work is intelligent.”
Part of what drew the actor to the film was a combination not of just the source material but that Villeneuve was the director:
“It has always been my dream to do a big movie. And looking at the careers of Leonardo DiCaprio or Joaquin Phoenix, those guys exclusively work with great directors. So I always told myself, if you do a big movie, make sure it’s with a really great director. I met Denis at the Hollywood Film Awards last year. I didn’t want to scare him away with my enthusiasm for the project, so I didn’t even bring it up. I just said, ‘Hi.’”
As to getting the part itself?
“I saw him over the course of last year. They went on a casting search and were looking to get someone younger than I am. I was just biding my time.”
It worked out though and hopefully Chalamet will be able to give us a take on Paul Atreides which fans of the novels have dreamed of for yours.
Are you as excited for ‘Dune’ as Timothée Chalamet is? Do you think that Denis Villeneuve can finally do Frank Herbert’s iconic novels justice? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Bleeding Cool