Without question, Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the most iconic science fiction books of all time. Entire essays have been written about what makes the epic novel so grand, which is why we won’t go into it here, but rest assured it’s pretty great. If you haven’t read it, go to your local bookstore and pick up a copy. I’ll wait.
Anyway, back in 1984, cult-classic director David Lynch tried his hand at turning the sci-fi masterpiece into a movie…it ended horribly. I don’t say that lightly since even Lynch hated the finished product, as is evident based on how he tried to take his name off the film.
Since then, there have been a couple attempts to put Dune back on screen, which usually resulted in made-for-TV movies and the like. However, director Denis Villeneuve is set on adapting the movie and is hoping to bring Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet with him.
Though only 22 years old, Chalamet boasts talent beyond his years. After his breakout performance in the sensational Call Me By Your Name, he’s been a star with no sign of extinguishing.
In a Deadline report, Chalamet is apparently in final negotiations for the lead role of Paul Atreides, previously played by Kyle MacLachlen in the aforementioned Lynch movie.
Honestly, everything about this makes me incredibly excited. Chalamet is a phenomenal actor and has shown capable of doing anything asked of him. Hopefully the deal goes through. If so, the young thespian will likely be skyrocketed to unprecedented heights of fame.