Good news, person reading this post: If you’re a living, breathing human being with a pulse there’s at least a 65% chance you’ve been cast in Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune adaptation. You’re at least in talks. And officially joining you will be Josh Brolin, who Variety reports has boarded the project to play the role of Gurney Halleck. The Avengers: Infinity War star joins Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, and Oscar Isaac in the film based on Frank Herbert‘s iconic 1965 sci-fi novel. Villeneuve co-wrote the script along with Eric Roth (A Star Is Born) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).
Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Chalamet) and his family’s contentious stewardship over the desert planet Arrakis, the galaxy’s source of a highly valuable drug. Brolin’s Gurney Halleck is Paul Atreides’ weapons teacher and mentor.
Very intrigued to see how the world reacts to this one. That cast is stacked and growing stacked-er by the day, plus Villeneuve is undoubtedly one of today’s top tier directors when it comes to both storytelling and sheer visual wizardry. But you know what else was a beautiful, grand sci-fi epic with an A-list cast based on an iconic property? Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve’s gorgeous 2017 sequel that ruled on an almost unfair level and got largely ignored for its troubles. These sci-fi tentpoles are dangerous, and although Dune is definitely that book people are very insistent to tell you they read, I’m just not sure how much the overall movie-going audience is clamoring for that adaptation. They certainly were not asking for David Lynch‘s 1984 version, one of the hardest passes in audience history.