Zendaya in talks to join TimothĂ©e Chalamet in Dune reboot
Following the recent casting of Oscar Isaac, Collider reports that The Greatest Showman star Zendaya is also in talks to join the star-studded cast of directorÂ Denis Villenueveâ€™s upcomingÂ Dune reboot.Â Zendaya would be portraying the role of Chani, who will be the love interest of Academy Award-nominated actor TimothĂ©e Chalametâ€™s character Paul Atreides.
In addition to Chalamet, the ensemble cast includes Stellan SkarsgĂĄrd (Thor), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible â€“ Fallout) and Dave Bautista (Avengers: Infinity War).
Isaac has entered talks to star as the father to Chalametâ€™s lead character for the upcoming reboot. The 39-year-old actor has found success in a range of genres over the past six years from the acclaimed musical black comedyÂ Inside Llewyn DavisÂ in 2013 to the science-fiction psychological thrillerÂ Ex MachinaÂ in 2014 to the acclaimed Resistance fighter pilot Poe Dameron in the sequelÂ Star WarsÂ film trilogy and its animated spin-off series.
SkarsgĂĄrd, who recently starred in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,Â and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, will play Baron Harkonnen in Dune, whose family previously ruled Arrakis and has a long hatred of the Atreides family, plotting with the galactic emperor to destroy it. He is also the uncle to the brutish character to be played by Bautista.
Ferguson will play Lady Jessica in theÂ DuneÂ reboot, the mother ofÂ Timothee Chalametâ€™sÂ Paul Atreides, WithinÂ Frank Herbertâ€™s classic novel of the same name, Lady Jessica and Paul are part of a noble family who are forced to flee into the deserts of the planet Arrakis. Paul rises to become the new leader of the nomadic desert tribes. Lady Jessica helps convince the nomads that Paul is their messiah. From those humble beginnings, Paulâ€™s quest will threaten to bring down the Emperor who plotted against his family.
DuneÂ was previously adapted byÂ David Lynch in 1985, and it was also a series of TV miniseries starting in 2000 on SYFY.Â Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival directorÂ Denis Villeneuve will helm theÂ DuneÂ remake. Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts wrote the script, and it is being produced by Legendary Pictures. The newÂ DuneÂ may begin filming as soon as this year, although a release date has not yet been announced.
IfÂ DuneÂ proves to have better luck at the box office than Lynchâ€™s film, then thereâ€™s plenty of material for sequels. Herbert wrote five additionalÂ DuneÂ novels before his death in 1986. Herbertâ€™s son,Â Brian Herbert and novelist Kevin J. Anderson collaborated on a number ofÂ DuneÂ books as well. Brian Herbert and Anderson are both involved with theÂ DuneÂ remake, as an executive producer and creative consultant, respectively.
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