Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista has signed on to Denis Villeneuve's two-part movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal novel Dune.
Bautista will be playing the role of the Beast Rabban, the nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the story's primary villain. Rabban is a brutal, sadistic murderer who is placed in charge of spice mining operations on the planet Arrakis by his uncle, resulting in a reign of terror that helps spur an uprising by the natives.
The film marks Bautista's second project with Villeneuve, having previously played the small but memorable role of Sapper Morton in Blade Runner 2049. It also marks Bautista's latest foray into genre fiction, having previously starred in films such as The Scorpion King 3 and Riddick.
The movie has already cast Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and Rebecca Ferguson as Jessica Atreides, with cinematographer Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Lion, Star Wars: Rogue One) also on board. Villeneuve, whose previous two movies Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 were highly critically-acclaimed, is hoping to adapt at least the first novel in the Dune saga and possibly more of the later books if the first two are a success.
Legendary Pictures are producing for a likely 2021 release date. This will be the third adaptation of the novel, following on from David Lynch's 1984 movie and a Sci-Fi Channel mini-series in 2000, both of which ran into problems with either time (in the former's case) or money (in the latter's). Third time, hopefully, will be the charm.