Thanks to THR, we learned French actress Charlotte Rampling is the latest to sign on for the remake of Frank Herbert‘s Dune. Rampling has previously appeared in the television series Dexter and the film Red Sparrow. She will portray the role of Gaius Helen Mohiam, a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother.
In the world of Dune, there are many factions all vying for control of the Spice. The Bene Gesserit sisterhood is one of these factions. They are a religious group of women who use the Spice to develop superhuman powers and see beyond reality. Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) is also a member of the sisterhood.
Mohiam takes an interest in Jessica’s son Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet). In an iconic scene from the book, Mohiam takes it upon herself to test Paul to determine if he is the Kwisatz Haderach. His mother’s teachings and his knowledge of worldly things impress the Reverend mother enough for her to consider him a potential messiah.
The Reverend Mother also works closely with the Emperor Shaddam IV as his truth-sayer. He often uses her when speaking to leaders of other factions. They have similar interests and yet do not trust one another.
This cast is shaping up to be quite epic. In addition to Rampling, Ferguson, and Chalamet, Stellen Skarsgård will portray the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and Dave Bautista will play his nephew the Beast Rabban Harkonnen.
Denis Villeneuve is set to direct and produce along with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter. Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert will serve as executive producers. Kevin J. Anderson will serve as a creative consultant.
Dune is scheduled to begin filming in Spring 2019.
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