“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista is set to join Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in 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 (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. Ferguson plays Paul’s mother Lady Jessica who escapes with him into the desert and helps him become the saviour known as the Mahdi,
Bautista will take on the role of Rabban, the sadistic nephew of the film’s villain Baron Vladimir Harkonnen who oversees Arrakis. Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts wrote the script and Villeneuve is producing along with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter.
The property has been twice translated to the screen before – by David Lynch in a 1985 film, and in a Syfy mini-series in 2000.