Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, and Zendaya board Denis Villeneuve's 'DUNE'

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Beautiful people math: Rebecca Ferguson + Oscar Isaac = Timothée Chalamet

Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, and Zendaya have been cast in Denis Villeneuve’s dystopian dream project! They will play three major characters from Frank Herbert’s Hugo and Nebula award-winning series Dune, joining Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, and Stellan Skarsgard.

A source at Variety confirms Oscar Isaac will play Duke Leto Atreides I, the father of Timothee Chalamet’s character. Leto was previously portrayed by Jürgen Prochnow in David Lynch’s 1984 Dune and William Hurt in SyFy’s 2000 Dune miniseries. Javier Bardem will play the leader of the Arrakis Fremen tribe, Stilgar, whose loyalty plays a significant role when House Atreides eventually comes under attack. Zendaya will play Chani, a fearless Fremen warrior who fights alongside Stilgar and becomes the eventual love interest of Chalamet's character Paul Atreides.

Villeneuve's relaunch will be split into two films telling the futuristic tale of noble houses grappling for control of a hostile planet containing the universe’s only repository of a highly valuable spice. Chalamet will play the son of a noble family whose sands are the only source of a powerful drug called “the spice.” After his family is brought down in a traitorous plot, Paul (Chalamet) and his mother Jessica (Ferguson) embark on a journey to bring fruition to humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

Production is slated to begin early 2019 with a release yet to be announced.

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