David Dastmalchian (“Ant-Man,” “The Dark Knight”) has scored the role of Piter De Vries, loyal servant to the villain Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgard), in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” adaptation at Legendary Pictures.
Set in the distant future, the story follows Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) whose noble family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only planet capable of producing the highly valuable resource known as the spice melange which allows for space travel, control of Arrakis is highly contested amongst the noble families.
When the Atreides are betrayed, Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control. De Vries is Mentat, a human with a super computer mind and an amoral sadist who is also the architect of the plan to destroy House Atreides. Brad Dourif played the role in David Lynch’s 1984 film while Jan Unger played it in the 2000 mini-series.
The film keeps racking up a stellar cast including Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s parents Duke Leto and Lady Jessica, Zendaya as love interest Chani, Javier Bardem as the Fremen leader Stilgar, Josh Brolin as the Atreides warmaster Gurney Halleck, Jason Momoa as Leto’s right-hand man Duncan Idaho, Dave Bautista as Harkonnen’s murderous nephew Raban, and Charlotte Rampling as the Reverend Mother Mohiam.
Key roles still to be announced include Feyd, Princess Irulan, Emperor Shaddam IV, Dr. Wellington Yueh, and Alia Atreides. Villeneuve co-wrote the script along with Oscar-winner Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts and the film is slated for release on November 20th 2020.