DUNE Adds AVENGERS Actor Stellan Skarsgård As The Villainous Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

DUNE Adds AVENGERS Actor Stellan Skarsgård As The Villainous Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

DUNE Adds AVENGERS Actor Stellan Skarsgård As The Villainous Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Coming off the news that Dave Bautista has joined the cast of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune reboot as "The Beast" Rabban, reports are coming in that Stellan Skarsgård has signed on to play his uncle, The Baron.

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune has found its lead villain.

According to THR, Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) has closed a deal to play Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the vile former ruler of Arrakis who wages war on Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and his family, which includes Rebecca Ferguson's character Lady Jessica.

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, the most famous - or infamous, depending on your perspective - is David Lynch's ambitious, but flawed 1984 movie starring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Kyle MacLachlan. 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.
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