The cast for Denis Villeneuve’s film adaptation of the sci-fi novel classic “Dune” is massive, and the project seems to have no problem attracting some of the biggest name actors in the industry.
Indeed, many of the actors involved are as keen as fans of the work to see it happen. Javier Bardem, out doing press for “Everybody Knows,” spoke about his casting as Fremen tribe leader Stilgar in the film to Cinema Blend and says he had no reservations about joining the movie:
“Are you kidding? How much do I have to pay? It’s one of those blessings that you have in this amazing, blessed life that I happen to have: having a job that I love, and make a living with, and also work with people that I truly admire and respect, and I’m getting inspired by it. It’s a lot.
I read the first three books, and, of course, I saw David Lynch’s film. I’m going to be turning 50 on March 1st, so I saw David Lynch’s film, which I loved. I remember the day I saw it in 1984, I think, and it was weird! And I loved it! It was big and weird, and those sandworms.”
While Bardem is expressing nothing but joy about being involved, his co-star Stellan Skarsgard who plays the villain Baron Harkonnen is a bit more reserved albeit similarly keen. Speaking with Collider recently, he was asked about his casting to which he replised:
“It’s like The Avengers. It’s a delicious cast. I’ve just got the book and am going to read it now. I’m playing a small but important role. Most of all I wanted to work with Denis Villeneuve…I’m just there for the ride.”
Filming on the new “Dune” kicks off in the Spring ahead of a November 2020 release.