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Stellan Skarsgard to play villain in Dune remake


Story by Jack Foley

STELLAN Skarsgård is to play the villain in Denis Villeneuve’s remake of Dune.

The actor joins an ever-expanding cast that includes Timothee Chamalet, Rebecca Ferguson and Dave Bautista.

Dune, considered a sci-fi literary classic, tells the story of a fallen noble family’s attempt to take control of a desert planet named Arrakis and its export – a rare spice drug, while being betrayed by a galactic emperor.

Chalamet is playing Paul Atreides, the son of the ruler of the family, who is forced to escape into the desert wastelands and partner with its nomadic tribes. In order to survive, he uses enhanced mental abilities that eventually enable him to rise as their ruler.

Such is his rise, that the nomads come to believe he is their messiah, prompting him to lead an army to overthrow the empire.

Skarsgård will play one of the villains of the piece, Baron Harkonnen, whose family previously ruled Arrakis and has a long hatred of the Atreides family. He therefore plots with the galactic emperor to destroy it.

He is also the uncle to the brutish character to be played by Bautista.

The script was written by Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. Shooting is due to start in the spring on location in Budapest and Jordan

Skarsgård was most recently seen in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and is known to audiences for his appearances in Marvel’s Thor and Avengers as well as several Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

He has several completed projects on the way, including the World War Two drama The Painted Bird and HBO mini-series Chernobyl.