With Denis Villeneuve currently working away on a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic Dune, now comes word on who could be up for the lead role of Paul Astreides.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Interstellar and Lady Bird’s Timothee Chalamet is said to be in negotiations for a main role in the film, with it presumed that the role in question will indeed be the Paul Atreides character.
The last we’d heard on all things Dune was back in March of this year, with Villeneuve explaining how he has plans for at least two Dune movies and that he expects the first of these films to be released at some point in early 2020.
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.
Expect more on all things Dune as it continues to develop.