It sounds as though traction is continually being gained on Legendary Pictures’ ongoing attempt at a Dune reboot. The studio acquired the television and film rights to the property in 2016 following a deal being made with author Frank Herbert’s estate.
A film franchise is what the studio is striving to produce, and progress is clearly being made as another name has joined the project’s cast. Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Drax the Destroyer himself has jumped aboard, as news has broke that Dave Bautista has signed on.
According to Variety, Bautista will reportedly play Glossu Rabban Harkonnen. The character goes by the nickname of Beast in the novel. He’s the nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, one of the story’s primary antagonists.
Dave Bautista isn’t the first name attached to the Dune reboot though. Prior reports teased the casting of both Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson to the team. A team that is being led by director Denis Villeneuve. The movie’s script is being developed by Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.
The Dune reboot would be the second pairing of Villeneuve and Bautista. The duo previously worked together on Blade Runner 2049 in which Villeneuve also directed.
Bautista’s Hollywood star continues to brighten as one of the industry’s premier big men. While heavily bolstered by his numerous appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bautista also has several other films coming in 2019 outside the realm of comics. He’ll be seen in the Fox comedy Stuber later this year. As well as the STX action comedy flick My Spy. But, of course, we’re also excited to see Drax’s return in Avengers: End Game.
Legendary and Villeneuve plan to get the Dune reboot officially into production at some point this year. The last we heard, the initial story would be split across two films. However, should the film reboot prove successful, there are many more stories set within the Dune universe that future installments could pull from.