Dave Bautista Boards Denis Villeneuve's Dune Reboot

Professional wrestler and Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista has joined Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's bestselling sci-fi novel Dune.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bautista will join the cast of Legendary Pictures' upcoming Dune reboot as "Beast" Rabban, "the sadistic nephew of a baron who oversees Arrakis." He joins Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson. This will be Bautista's second collaboration with the French Canadian filmmaker, having appeared in Villeneuve's 2017 film Blade Runner 2049.

Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune is expected to span at least two films, with the first covering approximately half of the novel. Set in the distant future amid a feudal interstellar society, Dune tells the story of a family that gains control of Arrakis, a desert planet that’s the source of a drug known as “the spice.” Soon after, the family is betrayed and must lead a rebellion to restore their rule of the planet.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth has been tapped to pen the script for Villeneuve’s adaptation, with input from authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, who have collaborated frequently on a series of Dune prequels and short stories. Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet is set to star in the leading role alongside Rebecca Ferguson and Dave Bautista. A release date has not yet been announced.

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