Blade Runner 2049, the 2017 science fiction sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) may have been a relative box office disappointment, but it was also Certified Fresh at 87%, and as the expression goes, “that’s nothing.” Denis Villeneuve is also set to revisit another 1980s sci-fi film that underperformed at the box office, but this time, it’s a straight-up remake/reboot.
We’re speaking of David Lynch’s Dune, the Frank Herbert adaptation that earned less than its production budget upon release in 1984. For his Dune, Denis Villeneuve has already cast Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird) as the film’s lead character, Paul Altreiedes, and Rebecca Ferguson (of the Mission: Impossible franchise) as his mother. Dune has a large ensemble cast of characters, and this week, Villeneuve focused on the Houe Harkonnen. Stellan Skarsgard, who co-starred in Marvel’s Thor movies, has been cast as the blister-plagued villain Baron Harkonnen (hope he likes hours in the makeup chair).
Dave Bautista, who played Marvel’s Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and had a small role in Blade Runner 2049, has also joined Dune as “the Beast, Rabban,” in a casting decision which suggests the character will have a higher profile than he did in David Lynch’s film. Dune does not yet have a release date (but it’s expected to be sometime in 2020).