Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to play Stilgar, a Fremen tribe leader and an ally to Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” adaptation at Legendary Pictures.
Set in the distant future, the story follows Paul 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.
Stilgar offers Paul refuge whilst he’s building his rebellion. Everett McGill played the role in David Lynch’s 1984 film while Uwe Ochsenknecht played it in the 2000 mini-series.
The film is racking up a stellar cast including Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s parents, Zendaya as love interest Chani, Stellan Skarsgard as the villain Baron Harkonnen with Dave Bautista as his murderous nephew, and Charlotte Rampling as the Reverend Mother Mohiam.
Key roles still to be announced include Feyd, Princess Irulan, Emperor Shaddam IV, Duncan Idaho, Gurney Halleck, Dr. Wellington Yueh, and Alia Atreides. Villeneuve co-wrote the script along with Oscar-winner Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.