Timothee Chalamet in talks to star in ‘Dune’ remake

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Los Angeles, July 17 (IANS) Actor Timothee Chalamet is reportedly in final talks to lead the cast of director Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” remake.

Entertainment company Legendary acquired the film and TV rights to Frank Herbert’s novels in 2016, and “Blade Runner 2049” filmmaker Villeneuve jumped on board, reports deadline.com.

According to sources, the “Call Me By Your Name” star is close to signing on as Paul Atreidis, the character a young Kyle MacLachlan played in the cult David Lynch-directed 1984 film.

Herbert’s epic science-fiction novels were first published in 1965. The story of “Dune” revolves around the battle for a drug called Melange, which offers users heightened consciousness and an extended lifespan while making interstellar travel possible.

Lynch’s 1984 adaptation was plagued with financial problems and battles with his producers, and Villeneuve will be hoping his revamp will be a lot less stressful.

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