Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel has long had a complex relationship with cinematic adaptation. David Lynch directed the 1984 film adaptation starring Kyle MacLachlan, but later established a distance between himself and the project, expressing his misfortunate lack of creative control. Ridley Scott tried to adapt the source material in the 1970s, and famously, so did cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain). His efforts to do so resulted in the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune; now, we are once again set to see the novel visually realised.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the project and has already cast the likes of Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting) and Rebecca Ferguson (Life). Now, Charlotte Rampling is on board to play Reverend Mother Mohiam, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter:
All five confirmed cast members are terrific performers, and Rampling is a terrific addition to the already impressive ensemble. She received an Academy Award nomination for her work on Andrew Haigh’s 2015 film 45 Years and has starred in such films as Never Let Me Go, Melancholia and Swimming Pool. She starred alongside Skarsgård on the aforementioned Lars von Trier film, Melancholia, and this upcoming project will give them the chance to work together again more closely.
Dave Bautista gave a powerful performance in Denis Villeneuve’s previous film, Blade Runner 2049; a film which helps suggest that the acclaimed filmmaker is the perfect choice to adapt Herbert’s Dune. It seems that casting news has been rather frequent, so we can expect to hear of more attached names soon.
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