And the Dune flood have not stopped! Over the recent weeks, we’ve seen a plethora of phenomenal young and veteran talent join the ranks of Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming remake of the classic 1965 sci-fi novel Dune. Villeneuve pulled double-duty, as he usually does, and co-wrote the script with A Star Is Born writer Eric Roth and Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts. The cast for this film is already as top notch as you can get, but it just got a whole lot better as Variety broke the news that Josh Brolin, who has recently been putting his stamp on the comic book world, will be reuniting with his Sicario director for his Dune adaptation.
Per Variety, Brolin will be playing the role of Gurney Halleck, a weapons teacher and mentor to the stories lead character Paul Atreides, who will be played by everyone’s current crush Timothée Chalamet. As I’ve mentioned already, the cast around them is just ridiculous. It includes Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista and Javier Bardem. How is this even possible? One reason is simple: Denis Villeneuve. His prior work is the sole reason why so many highly-talented names are attracted to his work. Have you seen Arrival? He is easily on today’s Mt. Rushmore of director’s, and actors and actresses see that. They want to be a part of it, more than once in the case of Brolin. If he continues to make films like he has made from the beginning, we will continue to see names like this cast jump at the chance to work with him. That’s something I’m all on board with.
As for the idea of remaking Dune, I’m already sold. How can I be? Well, it’s because I’ve never read the book or ever gotten a chance to see the original adaptation of the story, so I’m going in with fresh eyes. It sounds like an exciting world to play with, something that Villeneuve more than anyone can elevate to an unthinkable level. I’ve said this for a number of years now, but it doesn’t matter what story or film he decides to do, I’m buying a ticket no matter what, and that’s even more so when it comes to sci-fi. I can’t explain how much I’m looking forward to he and his cast play in this world. I have no doubt he will not only successfully adapt the book, but do something new with it that will easily attract the eye of many movie-goers.
What do you think of this casting update? If you have the read the book or seen the previous movie, is Brolin a good choice? How about the cast overall? Is this property ripe for a remake? Leave all your burning questions, comments and concerns in the section below! Villeneuve’s Dune has yet to be given an official release date.