DUNE Adds CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON Actor Chang Chen As Doctor Wellington Yueh

Denis Villeneuve's highly-anticipated Dune adaptation is scheduled to begin shooting soon, but the casting announcements are still coming. The latest actor to join the sprawling ensemble is Chang Chen...

Denis Villeneuve's upcoming Dune adaptation has already assembled most of its key players, but there were a couple of notable characters that fans had been left wondering about. Now, the role of Dr. Yueh has been cast.

According to THR, Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Assassin) will play House Atreides' trusted physician, who has been imperially conditioned so that he is incapable of inflicting harm.

Chen joins a pretty damn incredible ensemble cast that includes: Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Javier Bardem as Stilgar Zendaya as Chani Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as "The Beast" Rabban and Charlotte Rampling as the Reverend Mother. 

For those unfamiliar with the source material, Dune follows the Atreides family as they relocate to the desolate planet of Arrakis to assume control of the production of the most valuable resource in the galaxy, the Spice Melange. Unfortunately, an act of treachery soon makes an outcast of The Duke Atreides' youngest son Paul, and he must accept his destiny as a powerful prophet of the Arrakis natives known as The Fremen.

There have been several different adaptions of Dune over the years, and this latest take will be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.

Let us know what you think of this latest addition to the cast of Dune in the comments, and be sure to have a read through our character breakdown if you want to learn more about them.

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Paul Atreides

Paul Atreides is the primary protagonist of Dune.

Born on the planet Caladan to Duke Leto Atreides I and his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, Paul eventually travels to Arrakis and winds up becoming a Messiah-like figure to the desert planet's indigenous people, The Fremen. There, he meets and falls in love with a Fremen warrior named Chani, and is forced to choose between settling down with her and embracing the terrifying destiny glimpsed in his spice-induced visions.

Paul will be played by Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet.

Chani Kynes

Fremen warrior and Paul Areides' love interest, Chani is the daughter of half-Fremen planetologist Liet Kynes.

When Paul arrives on Arrakis, Chani is serving under Stilgar as his right-hand woman but soon falls for the mysterious young newcomer - even though she remains wary of the powerful prescient visions they share.

Spider-Man: Far From Home's Zendaya will play Chani in Villeneuve's film.

Lady Jessica Atreides

Lady Jessica is the official concubine of Duke Leto Atreides I, and the mother of his son Paul. She is also a member of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, and possesses powerful abilities.

Upon arriving on Arrakis, Jessica is welcomed into the ranks of The Fremen along with her son, and eventually accepts the position of new Reverend Mother, despite being aware of the potentially catastrophic repercussions of this action.

Jessica will be played by Mission: Impossible - Fallout star Rebecca Ferguson.

Duke Leto Atreides I

Paul's father Leto Atreides I starts out as the ruler of the planet Caladan, but when The Emperor asks him to take control of Arrakis and oversee spice production there, he relocates to the planet known as Dune with his son and concubine, Jessica.

Leto is generally well liked and respected by all of his subjects for his even-handed and compassionate leadership style, but this also leads to jealousy among his fellow noblemen of the other Great Houses.

This take on Leto Atreides will be brought to life by Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, X-Men: Apocalypse).

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

The main villain of the piece, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen was the ruler of Arrakis before Leto and his family took over. This situation sends the horrible bastard into a rage and he wages war against The Duke.

The Baron is a sadistic, malevolent schemer who is generally depicted as being just as hideous on the outside, and so obese that he requires belt-mounted suspensors to retain mobility.

In this new adaptation, Harkonnen will be played by Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

"The Beast" Rabban

Glossu "The Beast" Rabban Harkonnen is the brutish nephew of The Baron, and is regarded as being even more cruel than his vile uncle.

The Baron has Glossu rule over the Fremen populace of Arrakeen through violence and intimation, but secretly plans to switch his dull-witted nephew with his favored brother, Feyd-Rautha, so that the new ruler will be welcomed as a hero.

Not really a major character in the book, Glossu may have a bigger part to play in this new film thanks to the casting of Dave Bautista in the role.


Stilgar Ben Fifrawi is the noble Naib (leader) of Sietch Tabr, a Fremen tribe of Arrakis, and one of Paul Atreides' most loyal allies.

When Leto and his family relocate to Dune, Stilgar and his people are wary of their motives at first but soon come to view The Duke's son Paul as the desert messiah of their ancient prophecies. Stilgar also strikes up a strong friendship with Duncan Idaho.

In Dune (2020), this character will be played by Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men, Mother!).

Reverend Mother Mohiam

Gaius Helen Mohiam is the powerful Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother who trained the Lady Jessica, and serves as the current Emperor's truthsayer when the story begins.

In the book, Mohiam is the one that discovers Paul's dormant power when she tests him using a "gom jabbar" before his departure for Arrakis. She resents Jessica for giving birth a male Atreides heir, which puts a major crimp in the Bene Gesserit's plans.

The Reverend Mother will be played by the legendary Charlotte Rampling (Angel Heart, 45, Red Sparrow).

Piter De Vries

Piter De Vries is the "twisted Mentat" of House Harkonnen and a key supporting villain.

In Frank Herbert's novel, the Mentats are basically human computers, and De Vries is a particularly clever and cunning example. Piter is the sadistic servant of The Baron, and is generally regarded as architect of the plan to destroy House Atreides.

We found out earlier this week that the character will be played by Ant-Man and the Wasp actor David Dastmalchian.

Duncan Idaho

Duncan Idaho is a skilled swordmaster loyal to House Atreides who helps to train Paul in various combat styles.

In the novel, Leto sends Duncan to Arrakis as an envoy to get a read on the nomadic Fremen population. While there, Idaho strikes up a friendship with Stilgar and ultimately winds up pledging dual allegiance to the Atreides and the Fremen leader.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa has been cast as this fan-favorite character.

Gurney Halleck

The ruthless, but noble Warmaster for House Atreides, Gurney Halleck was one of Paul's principal teachers along with Duncan during his early years on Caladan.

An exceptionally skilled warrior, Gurney is described as "an ugly lump of a man" in the source material, which may suggest that the actor who'll be playing him, Josh Brolin, will be undergoing a slight transformation for the role.

Artwork by Mark Zug.
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