The Call Me Be Your Name star is in talks to play the Paul Atreides previously played by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation.
The young nobleman Paul Atreides is the central figure in the series of sprawling epic novels first published in 1965. It is set in the far future involving worlds beyond Earth, ruled over by competing feudal families who control access to a drug called Melange. Known popularly as “spice,” the drug gives its users heightened consciousness and an extended lifespan at the cost of crippling addiction and fatal withdrawal. Spice, use of which makes interstellar travel possible, is found only on the desert planet of Arrakis — aka “Dune” — and as such is the most valuable commodity in the galaxy.
If a deal is reached this will be Chalamet’s biggest project after dominating the indie scene with Miss Stevens, Call Me Be Your Name, and Lady Bird. His next project is the addiction drama Beautiful Boy for Amazon Studios.
In 2016 Legendary acquired the film and TV rights to the novel and offered Villeneuve the director gig.
Of the various projects offered to Villeneuve, he chose Dune as his follow-up to Blade Runner: 2049. Dune is expected to be a blend of Game of Thrones and Star Wars, an ambitious project for an equally ambitious director, who gave us Blade Runner: 2049 and Arrival.