As Denis Villeneuve continues to develop his hugely anticipated take on Frank Herbert’s Dune, the film has moved to add Dave Bautista to its ranks.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, with Bautista to play the sadistic “Beast” Rabban in the movie. In addition to starring as Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bautista will also be familiar with genre fans for his role in Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. Big Dave joins a cast that currently features Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson.
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.
At this stage, Villeneuve’s Dune has yet to be given a release date. For Bautista, though, up next for him is Avengers: Endgame this April.