Timothee Chalamet circling Dune remake

Timothee Chalamet is reportedly in final talks to lead the cast of director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune revamp. Bosses at Legendary acquired the film and TV rights to Frank Herbert’s novels in 2016, and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Villeneuve jumped on boa…

Timothee Chalamet is reportedly in final talks to lead the cast of director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune revamp.

Bosses at Legendary acquired the film and TV rights to Frank Herbert’s novels in 2016, and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Villeneuve jumped on board.

Now, Deadline sources claim Call Me By Your Name star Chalamet 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 sci-fi novels, which were first published in 1965, the Dune story 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.

Chalamet is a hot property in Hollywood at the moment following roles in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Hostiles, and new film Beautiful Boy. He’s also set to be part of the Call Me By Your Name sequel and he signed on to play Henry V in The King.

Meanwhile, Villeneuve turned down the chance to return to the Blade Runner universe and the new James Bond movie to tackle Dune, which was also turned into a cult 2000 TV mini-series, starring William Hurt, Alec Newman, and Saskia Reeves.

Talking about his decision to say no to 007 boss Barbara Broccoli, the moviemaker told ScreenDaily.com, “I said to Barbara, ‘I would love to work with you and with Daniel (Craig), but I’m engaged…’ I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now. I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to (work with him), but several months ago I came in to do Dune, and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back.”

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Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay join Cannes Film Festival jury

Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay will serve on the main competition jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May (18). Australian actress Cate Blanchett was named the president of the jury in January, and it has now been revealed that the Twilight star and…

Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay will serve on the main competition jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May (18).

Australian actress Cate Blanchett was named the president of the jury in January, and it has now been revealed that the Twilight star and A Wrinkle in Time director have been chosen to help her decide which films selected for the main competition should win the coveted Palme d’Or.

Other jury members include Arrival director Denis Villeneuve, Spectre actress Lea Seydoux, Chinese actor Chang Chen, French film director Robert Guediguian, Burundian singer Khadja Nin and Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, who won the Jury Prize at Cannes for Loveless last year (17).

Besides the Palme d’Or for best film, the jury will also award prizes for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Actor, Grand Prix and Jury Prize.

The films they’ll be judging include Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, a crime drama about an African-American detective who infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, David Robert Mitchell’s comedy-drama Under the Silver Lake, which stars Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough, and Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book.

Other competition titles include Three Faces by Jafar Panahi, Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowski, Eva Husson’s war epic Girls of the Sun, which stars Julie Delpy, Lazzaro Felice by Alice Rohrwacher, Sorry Angel by Christophe Honore, and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, which stars The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, among others.

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival will open on 8 May with competing film Everybody Knows, a psychological thriller starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, and run until 19 May, when the prizes will be handed out.

Benicio del Toro will preside over the Un Certain Regard section, while Chloe Sevigny and director Joachim Trier will judge films selected for the International Critics’ Week section.

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