Rebecca Ferguson In Talks For Dune Remake

The Mission: Impossible-Fallout actress looks to join Denis Villeneuve's take on Dune!

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Denis Villeneuve's Dune Casts Rebecca Ferguson

Denis Villeneuve's Dune Casts Rebecca Ferguson

The Hollywood Reporter reports that British actress Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to star in Arrival director Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated new Dune movie, which is an adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel of the same name. Oscar-nominated actor Timothee Chalamet (Hostiles) is already onboard to star as Paul Atreides, and Ferguson would play his mother, Lady Jessica. The story of Dune is sprawling, as it’s a sci-fi tale steeped in politics, religion, and power, chronicling the story of a fallen noble family’s attempt to control a desert planet while simultaneously being betrayed by an intergalactic emperor. Villeneuve co-wrote the screenplay with Oscar-winning Forrest Gump scribe Eric Roth and Passengers screenwriter Jon Spaihts. Legendary Entertainment is producing the adaptation, which is expected to start production in early 2019. Ferguson gained worldwide fame as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and this summer's Mission: Impossible - Fallout, as well as The Greatest Showman.

Villeneuve has been developing this film since Blade Runner 2049 completed production in 2017. The project is tremendously ambitious as the book is epic in scope and scale, and the filmmaker has plans for this adaptation to span at least two movies. It hasn’t yet been confirmed if cinematographer Roger Deakins, who shot Dennis' Prisoners and Blade Runner 2049—the latter of which finally won him the Oscar—will be reteaming with Villeneuve, but it’s a real possibility. In 1984, David Lynch directed an adaptation of Dune which has a large cult following. That film starred Kyle MacLachlan, Francesca Annis, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, and Sting. The new Dune movie is expected to be theatrically released in 2020.

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