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Dune Reboot Casts Javier Bardem As Stilgar

By Kelvin Owens

The Dune remake is coming, and we now have the latest on who will be joining team spice. Variety has announced that Javier Bardem is the latest actor to join director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Bardem will play Stilgar in the upcoming remake. Timotheè Chamalet leads the cast in the role of Paul “Maud’Dib” Atreides, the outlaw duke and Fremen messiah. Bardem will star alongside Chamalet as the Fremen Stilgar, the leader of one of the Fremen tribes who becomes friend and mentor to Maud’Dib.

In Herbert’s novel, Stilgar is the Naib (leader) of the Sietch Tabr, a Fremen tribe living on the planet Arrakis. He and his people play a significant role in helping Paul Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica, played by Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in the new film. Co-authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson also included Stilgar in the Prelude to Dune prequel trilogy. Like potential Chani actress Zendaya, Bardem will don a set of striking blue contact lenses to show the effects of the Spice melange on Arrakis’ Fremen. 

The confirmed cast of Dune is already impressive. Call Me By Your Name actor Timothée Chalamet has already been confirmed to play Paul while Rebecca Ferguson of Mission: Impossible - Fallout will portray his mother Lady Jessica. Screen icon Charlotte Rampling will appear as Reverend Mother Mohiam. Marvel stars Stellan Skarsgård (Thor: The Dark World) and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) will portray the villainous Baron Harkonnen and his nephew Glossu "Beast" Rabban, respectively.

Dune is adapted from the novel of the same name by Frank Herbert and is legendary within the sci-fi community. Legendary Entertainment acquired the film and TV rights in November 2016. Villenueve will direct and co-wrote the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.

I for one am always looking for a reason to revisit the Dune franchise, are you looking forward to the Dune remake? Let us know in the comments.