Javier Bardem in talks to join Dune reboot

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 February 2019
Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem is in negotiations to join the cast of Denis Villeneuve's film adaption of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, 'Dune'

Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the 'Dune' reboot.

The 49-year-old actor is in negotiations to join the cast of Denis Villeneuve's film adaption of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, joining a growing and stellar cast that already includes Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgard and Dave Bautista.

The 'Skyfall' star is set to play Stilgar, the leader of desert planet Arrakis' nomadic tribes known as Fremen, opposite Chalamet's Paul Atreides, the son of the ruler of a family who is forced to escape into the desert wastelands and partner with its tribes.

The plot sees villainous Baron Harkonnen (Skarsgard) and his nephew Glossu 'Beast' Rabban (Bautista), whose family once the land, battle Atreides as he leads a rebellion to restore his family's reign of the planet which is the only source of the drug melange – also known as "the spice" – which is vital to space travel and the most sought after commodity in the universe.

Rebecca Ferguson is set to portray Lady Jessica, Atreides' mother.

Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter will produce the project, and Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert will executive produce.

Legendary acquired the film and TV rights in 2016 after signing a deal with Herbert's estate for his iconic tome.

The original 1984 movie featured Francesca Annis as Lady Jessica and Kyle MacLachlan as Atreides, whilst Sir Patrick Stewart and Sting also appeared in the film, which was directed by David Lynch.

Villeneuve previously admitted 'Dune' is his "dream project" as he was obsessed with the original film growing up.

Filming is due to commence in Budapest and Jordan in spring.

Dune

  • 2020
  • US / UK / Hungary / Canada
  • Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
  • Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen

The director of Blade Runner 2049 takes a crack at Frank Herbert's notoriously unfilmable sci-fi epic. The story is likely to be split across two films.

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