The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Javier Bardem is in talks with Legendary to join the cast of the Dune reboot, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Dune is set in the distant future and follows Paul Atreides, whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, jurisdiction over Arrakis is contested among competing noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship with nature, as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s reign.
If he signs the deal, Javier Bardem (whose recent credits include Mother! and Loving Pablo) could be playing the role of Stilgar, the leader of planet’s nomadic tribes known as Fremen, opposite Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, the son of the ruler of the family, who is forced to escape into the desert wastelands and partner with its tribes.
Denis Villeneuve is also co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. Villeneuve will also serve as producer on the project alongside Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, while Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull and Kim Herbert will serve as executive producers.