Casting for Legendary Pictures' Dune reboot is currently in full swing. Among those currently negotiating with the studio is Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bardem is in talks to take on the role of Stilgar, the leader of the Fremen. Bardem, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2007 film No Country For Old Men, is just the latest in a growing list of all-star talent circling Denis Villeneuve's Dune reboot.
If he signs on, Bardem would be the third Academy Award-nominated actor to join the cast. He would be joined by fellow Academy Award winner Charlotte Rampling, who is playing Reverend Mother Mohiam.
Published in 1965, Frank Herbert's best-selling sci-fi novel, Dune, tells the story of the noble Atreides family as they assume control of the barren desert planet Arrakis, which is home to the universe's most valuable substance: a mental function enhancing drug dubbed melange, or "spice."
Directed and co-written by Denis Villeneuve, Dune stars Timothee Chalamet, Stellan Skarsgard, Rebecca Ferguson and Dave Bautista. Dune does not currently have a release date. However, the film is expected to begin production in Budapest and Jordan sometime this spring.