Timothée Chalamet in talks to be the lead in Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ adaptation

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Man, this Villeneuve adaptation of Dune is really happening, eh? Seems that way. Latest proof? The movie is locking in Timothée Chalamet as its lead.


Director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the 1965 best-selling sci-fi novel Dune has reportedly found its lead actor in Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet.

According to Deadline, Chalamet is in final negotiations to take on the lead role in Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, which is expected to span at least two films. Chalamet will portray Paul Atreides, a prominent figure in the first two novels of the Dune series, who had previously been portrayed by Kyle MacLachlen in director David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation.

Chalamet is coming off a breakout year in 2017 where he earned an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Luca Guadagnino’s film Call Me By Your Name, while also appearing in supporting roles in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and the Christian Bale-led western Hostiles. Villeneuve has helmed multiple critically acclaimed and award-winning films over the last few years, including 2013’s Prisoners, 2015’s Sicario, 2016’s science-fiction film Arrival and last year’s Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049.