Denis Villeneuve saw great success with his last sci-fi film based on an acclaimed work of fiction, Arrival, so clearly he’s sticking to that demographic with his next film. Granted, Dune is a far more ambitious endeavour given that it’s one of the most influential science fiction novels ever written. It’s tough as hell to adapt too. Even David Lynch couldn’t pull it off. But it’s 2019, cinematic technology has advanced beyond our wildest imaginations, geek fandom is the mainstream now, and every studio is chasing that sweet Game of Thrones money. So of course Dune is back.
So far the cast includes Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, and Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban. Joining them, as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, is Stellan Skarsgård, who will play the grotesque Baron Harkonnen, enemy of the Atreides family and all-round pervert. In the book, he is described as being ‘grossly and immensely fat’, to the point where he requires anti-gravity devices to support his weight. In David Lynch’s film, he was played by Kenneth McMillan.
According to Petr and Steven, the resident Dune fans of the Pajiba Overlords, this is very good casting and somewhat helps to balance out the bad choice of Chalamet. As Steven argued:
I really like the idea of [Nicholas] Hoult, but I’m not sure if he’s a few years too old now. Needs to be someone who can do sensitive with heartbroken eyes, but also needs to be able to go dark and hard, and be physical. This is a guerilla warrior who fights with a knife. The idea of Chalamet winning a ritualistic knife fight is just silly. Dev Patel as Paul was the other idea we had.
Steven also suggested Zendaya for the role of Chani, the wife/concubine of Paul. And Oscar Isaac as Gurney Halleck, the one Patrick Stewart played in the Lynch film.
Agree? Disagree? Dune fans! Lend me your fan-casting!
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