“Mission: Impossible” franchise scene stealer Rebecca Ferguson is reportedly in negotiations to join filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming new two-film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic “Dune” at Legendary.
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, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as a betrayed Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.
If Ferguson signs on, she will play Paul’s mother Lady Jessica who escapes with him into the desert and helps him become the saviour known as the Mahdi in the eyes of the planet’s native inhabitants the Fremen.
Famed British actress Francesca Annis previously played the role in the 1984 David Lynch film, while Saskia Reeves and Alice Krige took on the parts in Syfy’s 2000 mini-series and 2003 “Children of Dune” mini-series respectively.
The project is targeting an early 2019 start of production. Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts wrote the script and Villeneuve is producing along with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter.
Ferguson is currently shooting the new “Men In Black” film and will star in the Stephen King adaptation “Doctor Sleep” which begins filming later this year.
Source: Heat Vision