Fresh off his stellar, Oscar-worthy performance in Call Me By Your Name, Timothee Chalamet looks to have eyes for a more prominent film franchise, according to a report by THR. The up-and-coming actor is currently in talks with Legendary Pictures to play the lead in Denis Villenueve‘s Dune reboot. If push comes to shove, Chalamet will take on the role of Paul Atreides, a role once held by Kyle MacLachlan 34 years ago, in David Lynch‘s absymal adaptation.
If you haven’t read Frank Herbert‘s novel, below is a pretty good rundown of the first installment…
The novel, Dune, initially published in the 1960s, tackles political, religious and environmental themes through a sci-fi lens, telling the complex story of a fallen noble family’s attempt to control a desert planet named Arrakis and its export, a rare spice drug, while being betrayed by a galactic emperor
As for Atreides’ role, he’s the son of the ruler of this noble family. After escaping a coup, he finds himself in the desert wastelend of Arrakis. He ultimately becomes the ruler of a tribe of nomads, who see him as their messiah, and lend their help to take down the empire that crossed his family.
Even though, the 22 year old actor already has an Oscar nomination for Call Me By Your Name under his belt, nabbing a role in Dune could make Chalamet a household name. With renowned, award-winning sci-fi director Villenueve helming it, and a strong contingency of Dune fans chomping at the bit for this reboot, this could be the role of a lifetime for Chalamet, opening the doors for even bigger and better things.
Currently, there is yet to be an official release date announced for Villenueve’s Dune, but Legendary is hoping to start production in Early 2019.
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