Timothee Chalamet in talks to star in Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of 'Dune'
After being the Beautiful Boy, Elio, Chalamet will probably return to charm the sci-fi fans in his role as Paul in the 2019 version of 'Dune'.
Timothee Chalamet is in the final talks to star in Legendary's adaptation of David Lynch's 1984 movie 'Dune'. The movie, which is now being directed by the French Canadian film director Denis Villeneuve (whose noted works include 'Blade Runner 2049' and 'Arrival'), is based on Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi novel of the same title.
Denis will be producing the feature adaptation along with the BAFTA Award winning film producer Mary Parent and Cale Boyter who has movies like 'Pacific Rim Uprising' to his name. Denis had earlier confirmed in an interview with the Quebec publication La Presse that he plans on splitting the film into two parts, as he would prefer to turn Herbert's 896-page long novel into a well-integrated movie. He said, "Eric Roth wrote the first draft and I worked on my side afterwards… I have not had such fun on the creative side since Incendies! My wish would have been to make both films at the same time, but it will be too expensive. We will do them one at a time.”
Legendary had acquired the film and TV rights to Herbert's novel in 2016, and had right then intended to do what Denis had planned- split the plot into two halves. Denis had turned down an offer to direct 'James Bond' -which was later taken up by Danny Boyle and the movie was drafted by John Hodge- only to fulfill his ambition of remaking Lynch's adaptation of the novel.
Timothee, who was nominated this year at the Oscars for his role as the 17-year-old Elio in Luca Guadagnino's 'Call Me By Your Name' in the category for Best Actor in Leading Role, will be playing the lead as Paul Atreides which was originally played by Kyle MacLachlan, and by Alec Newman in the 2000 Dune miniseries and its 2003 sequel. Atreides is the central figure in Herbert's novel which is in the far future where the planets in the galaxy are ruled by feudal families who have access to the drug Melange, popularly known in the story as "spice". The drug is infamous as it extends the lifespan of its user and heightens the conscious in exchange for hardcore addiction and crippling withdrawals.
The drug can only be found in the desert planet called Arrakis, Dune, and is considered to be the most valuable commodity in the galaxy. It is said that those who possess it, rule the galaxy. Paul, who is the son of a fallen noble family, is forced to run away into the desert planet where he befriends the nomadic tribes. He eventually becomes their ruler due to his progressive and modern abilities, and leads an entire army to overthrow the drug lords.
The film's plotline almost resonates with the story of James Cameron's 2009 epic 'Avatar' with the difference that here Paul who actually is an outsider rules over the natives- but in a good way. The film is set to start its production by early 2019. The leading actor, Timothee is currently preparing for his next Oscar-bait movie, Felix van Groeningen's 'Beautiful Boy', where he will be seen depicting the story of an addicted son in the true adaptation of the best-selling memoirs by David and Nic Sheff. Chalamet will be seen playing the role of Nic while Steve Caroll will be playing the role of the award-winning journalist David Sheff.
Watch the trailer of David Lynch's 'Dune' here: