The new movie adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel series Dune continues to take shape. Following the news earlier this week that Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista will star as the villainous “Beast” Rabban, it has been reported that Thor actor Stellan Skarsgård will take on the key villain role of Rabban’s uncle, Baron Harkonen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Skarsgård joins Timothy Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), who plays main character Paul Atreides, and Mission Impossible star Rebecca Ferguson in the movie. Skargaard is best known for his role of Eric Selvig in several Marvel movies, including Thor and The Avengers, and as Bootstrap Bill in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He is also the father of actors Alexander and Bill Skarsgård.
Dune does not yet have a set a release date, but it will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, who previously helmed Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival. The multi-book series was written by Frank Herbert, and the first volume was published in 1965. The movie was first announced in February 2017, when Herbert’s son Brian suggested that it could be the first part in a series of films.
Dune was previously adapted for the big screen in 1984. The lavish movie was directed by David Lynch and starred Kyle McLachlan, Patrick Stewart, and Sting. While it was a commercial failure, it has since gained a cult reputation.
The Sci-fi Channel (since re-branded Syfy) also produced a Dune mini-series in the early 2000s. There have been other unsuccessful attempts to get a new movie version off the ground, most recently with Patriots Day director Peter Berg at the helm.