As Denis Villeneuve’s take on Dune continues to flesh out its cast, the movie has moved to bring in Charlotte Rampling.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, Rampling has signed on to play Reverend Mother Mohiam in the picture. The veteran actress is likely best known to genre fans for roles in the likes of Dexter, The Night Porter, 45 Years, Red Sparrow and Broadchurch.
Dune began life back in 1965, with Frank Herbert’s original novel tying for the 1966 Hugo Award and then winning the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Set in the distant future, the story centres on Paul Atreides as his family takes control of the desert planet known as Arrakis. With valuable resources key to the tale, what unravels is a plot that’s full of politics, betrayal, and man’s relationship with nature. A Kyle MacLachlan-starring, David Lynch-helmed movie followed in 1984, which went on to become a cult classic, and then Syfy developed a Dune TV series in 2000. As for written works, Herbert penned five sequels himself before Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert expanded that written world even further.
Rampling joins a cast that currently features Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s mother Lady Jessica, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista as the sadistic nephew of Skarsgard’s Baron Harkonnen.
At this stage, Villeneuve’s Dune has yet to be given a release date.