Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista is set to join Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet in Legendary’s Dune reboot.
Currently, Bautista’s role is being kept quiet, but what we do know is that the film will reunite him with director Denis Villeneuve, with whom he worked on Blade Runner 2049.
Coming fresh off a somewhat shaky end to 2018, with his standing firm with fired Guardians director James Gunn, Bautista clearly hasn’t let this get in the way of his work, having now landed a role in a cinematic relaunch of one of the most popular science fiction properties of all time. Not only this, but the reboot is expected to launch a multi-picture franchise.
Legendary won the TV and film rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune novels in 2016, with the intention of making multiple films.
Chalamet will play the leading role of Paul Atreides in the story, set in a distant future where Earth and worlds beyond, are ruled over by competing feudal families who control access to a drug named Melange. Known as “spice” the drug gives the user a heightened consciousness and extended lifespan, at the cost of incapacitating addition and fatal withdrawal. The use of spice makes interstellar travel possible, which is good, as the drug is only found on the desert planet of Arrakis a.k.a. Dune, and as such is a very value commodity.
With Villeneuve at the helm, this Dune reboot is already highly anticipated, and may well be another breakout sci-fi series for audiences to enjoy for years to come.
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