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Timothée Chalamet in talks to star in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune

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Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird) is in final talks to star in the Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrivial, Blade Runner 2049) directed Dune. Legendary acquired film and TV rights to the Frank Herbert novels Dune in 2016 and they plan on making multiple films.

If the talks are successful, Chalamet will be playing Paul Atreides. Kyle MacLachlan played the same character in David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation.

Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis. As this planet is the only source of the oracular spice melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe, control of Arrakis is a coveted—and dangerous—undertaking. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the factions of the Empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its spice.

Chalamet is a great actor and would make a great Paul Atreides. He is also young enough to carry on through multiple films should the first one prove successful. That’s the big question. I thought Blade Runner 2049 was excellent and extremely well made, but it died a death at the box office.

Many fans of Dune will go and see this new version, but will the general cinema going audience make it a success?

We shall have to wait and see, but I look forward to hearing more casting news soon.

Source: Deadline

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