Celebrated actress Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) has joined the cast of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel “Dune” for Legendary Pictures.
Rampling will play the Reverend Mother Mohiam, a powerful figure in the Bene Gesserit order and Emperor Shadam IV’s truthsayer. She can divine intentions, suss out lies and manipulate people’s emotional states.
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. Rebecca Ferguson plays Paul’s mother Lady Jessica who escapes with him into the desert and helps him become the saviour known as the Mahdi. Rampling’s character trained Lady Jessica in the ways of the Bene Gesserit.
Dave Bautista and Stellan Skarsgard also star. Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts penned the script which Villeneuve, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing.
Sian Phillips famously played the role in the original David Lynch film, while Zuzana Geislerova took on the part in the two Syfy mini-series in the early 2000s.
Source: Heat Vision