The professional wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista will be starring in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake.

The 1965 novel Dune is regarded as one of the greatest literary works in the whole of science-fiction. Frank Herbert’s book received a cinematic adaptation back in 1984, which was directed by cult filmmaker David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive). Both fans and critics were underwhelmed with the results, and Lynch voiced his frustrations over creative control of the project, going as far to establish great distance from it. Yet another cult director also wished to tackle the novel; Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain, El Topo). Although the project was never realised, there was a documentary made in 2013 called Jodorowsky’s Dune, which explored the director’s ambitious attempt. Jodorowsky’s adaptation is considered one of the greatest films that never was, but now, there is a new glimmer of hope.

Of course, it’s not Jodorowsky at the helm, but one of the most important science-fiction filmmakers of the new century: Denis Villeneuve. Recently he has blown audiences away with 2016’s sci-fi drama Arrival and belated sequel Blade Runner 2049. Most thought that a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 modern-classic was a terrible idea, but the results soon silenced sceptics. It is now considered one of the most impressive and justified sequels ever made and has further solidified Villeneuve as one of the most accomplished contemporary filmmakers. So, the concept of him adapting Herbert’s novel comes with great expectations. 

Dave Bautista (Spectre) – who also starred in Blade Runner 2049 – has signed on to the project, which is currently in pre-production with no estimated release date. The star is perhaps most famous for his role as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and he has proved himself as a capable dramatic actor in recent years. Details of his role are currently unknown, but we do know that he’ll be starring alongside Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy, Call Me by Your Name) and Rebecca Ferguson (Life, Mission: Impossible – Fallout), who will play Paul Atreides and Lady Jessica respectively.

Although it’s a little early to predict, it’s fair to anticipate another science-fiction epic from Villeneuve. For fans of the original text, all of this news has been wondrously overwhelming.

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