Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, best known internationally for his major roles in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin,” is reportedly in talks to play Dr. Wellington Yueh 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.
Yueh is the Atreides family physician. Dean Stockwell played the role in David Lynch’s 1984 film while Robert Russel played it in the 2000 mini-series.
The film keeps racking up its stunning cast including Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s parents, Zendaya as love interest Chani, Javier Bardem as the Fremen leader Stilgar, Josh Brolin as warmaster and mentor Gurney, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Stellan Skarsgard as the villain Baron Harkonnen with Dave Bautista as his murderous nephew Raban, David Dastmalchian as the Harkonnen’s advisor Piter De Vries, and Charlotte Rampling as the Reverend Mother Mohiam.
Only a few key roles are still to be announced include Feyd, Princess Irulan, Emperor Shaddam IV and Alia Atreides. Villeneuve co-wrote the script along with Oscar-winner Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.
“Dune” opens on November 20th 2020.
Source: Heat Vision