Oscar-nominated actor Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) is in negotiations to star in Legendary‘s Dune, the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival).
Villeneuve will also produce the movie along with Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers. Dune is expected to begin production in early 2019.
Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly-valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.
The book was previously adapted into a 1984 movie directed by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan. It was also turned into a miniseries on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2000.