It is undeniable that Timothée Chalamet has been one of the fastest rising stars in Hollywood. Chalamet first garnered attention on “Homeland” but as a side character, did not draw the raves the rest of the cast did. Instead, “Call Me By Your Name” and it’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival was integral. Chalamet was an instant star, and his supporters run throughout the internet and culture. After his other roles in “Lady Bird” and “Hostiles,” 2018 was a banner year for the young actor.
Coming off of a year like that, it is not surprising that franchises would begin to court him. Thus, Deadline’s news that Chalamet is in talks to star in the Denis Villenuve directed “Dune” reboot makes perfect sense. Villeneuve is an artsy director who has convinced studios to bet on his vision. Chalamet is coming off of a Best Lead Actor nomination and has now worked with Luca Guadagnino and Greta Gerwig. This year he’s to star in a Woody Allen film and take another shot at Oscar with “Beautiful Boy” in October. The moment seems right for Chalamet to take on a big franchise, and if working with an auteur is an extra benefit, then he should take it.
For the uninitiated, “Dune” is a sci-fi epic about a young man, Paul Atreides. Atreides’ family is able to gain controlling power and stewardship over a desert planet that contains a valuable spice. This event keys initiates an interplanetary struggle that touches on politics, religion, economic prosperity, and science. Frank Herbert’s tale defines a sprawling epic. The most famous attempt to bring the story to the big screen is David Lynch‘s “Dune” in 1984. That movie was poorly received, so hopefully, Villeneuve can right the ship.