‘Aquaman’s Jason Momoa Joins Killer Cast Of Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune’

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Legendary is in negotiations for Aquaman star Jason Momoa to join the cast of Denis Villeneuve’s film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s bestselling novel Dune. Momoa joins an already stellar cast of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stell…

Josh Brolin Joins Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune’ At Legendary

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Josh Brolin has joined the epic cast for the Denis Villeneuve-directed film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s bestselling novel Dune. Legendary has assembled a lineup of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampl…

Javier Bardem in Talks to Join Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’

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Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem is currently in talks to join Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård and Charlotte Rampling in Legendary’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi novel “Dune.”

Bardem would play the role of Stilgar, who was previously played by Everett McGill in David Lynch’s 1984 Dune Film Adaptation.

The film will be directed by “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve. The script was written by Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, with Villeneuve producing alongside Mary Parent and Cale Boyter. Thomas Tull will executive produce along with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate and Kevin J. Anderson will serve as a creative consultant.

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Set in the distant future, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. The planet is the only source of the coveted spice melange, which means control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion and man’s relationship to nature, as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

“Dune” was previously adapted into a film directed by David Lynch in 1984 and was a commercial and critical failure. In the ensuing decades, attempts have been made to adapt the film again, including by Paramount in 2008. After Paramount dropped its rights in 2011, Legendary acquired them in November 2016 and signed on Villeneuve to direct three months later.

Bardem won an Oscar for his role in “No Country for Old Men” and received multiple nominations for his roles in “Before Night Falls” and “Biutiful.” Other credits include “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Mother!,” and “Skyfall.”

Bardem is represented by WME and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.

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Zendaya in Talks to Join Timothée Chalamet in ‘Dune’ Remake

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Zendaya is in negotiations to join Timothée Chalamet in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista and Oscar Isaac are also set to star in the movie, which will be directed by the filmmaker behind “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” filmmaker. Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts are writing the script, with Villeneuve producing alongside Mary Parent and Cale Boyter. Brian and Kim Herbert, the son and granddaughter of Frank Herbert, are attached as executive producers.

Set in the distant future, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. The planet is the only source of the coveted spice melange, which means control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion and man’s relationship to nature, as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

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“Dune” was previously adapted into a film directed by David Lynch in 1984 and was a commercial and critical failure. In the ensuing decades, attempts have been made to adapt the film again, including by Paramount in 2008. After Paramount dropped its rights in 2011, Legendary acquired them in November 2016 and signed on Villeneuve to direct three months later.

Zendaya most recently starred in the animated “Smallfoot” and 2017’s “The Greatest Showman,” and will nest star in this summer’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

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She is represented by Monster Talent Management, Slate PR and CAA.

Collider first reported the news.

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Stellan Skarsgard Joins Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’

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Stellan Skarsgård has closed a deal to star in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” Legendary’s planned reboot of the 1984 sci-fi epic, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Skarsgård joins the previously announced cast of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Dave Bautista.

Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve wrote the screenplay based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. Legendary is planning for “Dune” to be a multi-film series.

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Set in the distant future, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. The planet is the only source of the coveted spice melange, which means control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion and man’s relationship to nature, as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, and Villeneuve are producing. Thomas Tull will executive produce along with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate and Kevin J. Anderson will serve as a creative consultant.

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Skarsgård’s credits include “The Avengers,” Thor,” “Mamma Mia!” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” He can be next seen in HBO’s limited series “Chernobyl,” written and executive produced by Craig Mazin.

Skarsgård is represented by CAA and Curtis Brown Group.

Umberto Gonzalez contributed to this report.

Dave Bautista Joins Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Reboot

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Dave Bautista has joined the cast of “Dune,” Legendary’s planned reboot of the 1984 sci-fi epic, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Bautista is reuniting with “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve on the project. Bautista’s character details are currently being kept under wraps, but he joins the film opposite Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson.

Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve wrote the screenplay based on Frank Herbert’s novel. Legendary is planning for “Dune” to be a multi-film series.

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Set in the distant future, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. The planet is the only source of the coveted spice melange, which means control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion and man’s relationship to nature, as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

Bautista will next be seen in “Avengers: Endgame,” as well as the action comedies “My Spy” and “Stuber.” TheWrap also reported that the actor was in talks to star in the “Fantasy Island” film.

Bautista is repped by CAA, the Meisner Entertainment Group and attorney Jay Rosenthal at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.

Variety was first to report.

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‘Beautiful Boy’ Cast on How the Actors and Filmmakers Created a Family on Set (Exclusive Video)

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“Beautiful Boy,” the Golden Globe-nominated true story of a family struggling with a son’s heroine addiction, is a heartbreaking portrayal of a family contending with crisis — but a family nonetheless.

While filming “Beautiful Boy,” the cast and filmmakers said in an exclusive featurette given to TheWrap that they created their own dedicated family on set to support each other, much like the real-life Sheff family on which the film is based.

“There was this incredible moment when the Sheffs visited us on set and saw the family we had recreated and there was this deep sense of love and a bond between everybody — Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan,” producer Jeremy Kleiner said in the exclusive clip.

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Directed and co-written by Felix van Groeningen, “Beautiful Boy” is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy” and “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” from father and son, David and Nic Sheff. The film chronicles Nic’s survival, relapse and recovery, as his family copes with his addiction over many years.

In the featurette, the cast and filmmakers discuss the performances of the actresses portraying the pivotal women in Nic’s life – Tierney, who plays Nic’s stepmother, and Ryan, who plays his biological mother.

“Maura’s performance is extremely subtle and really beautiful,” Kleiner said. “You are aware there is a deep bond between Maura and Nic.”

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Carell said of Tierney and Ryan, “Just love them. Terrific actors.”

Chalamet, who gushed about getting the opportunity to work with Ryan, who also worked for years with Carell on “The Office,” said they all became a team on set.

“I get a definite sense of commitment from everybody to the story and to the real-life people,” Carell said in the clip.

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Timothee Chalamet to Receive Spotlight Actor Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Palm Springs Is Narnia and 4 Other Things We Learned From the 30th Film Awards Gala

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You can declare the start of the awards season whenever you like, but as the first splashy awards show of 2019, the 30th annual Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs International Film Festival seems like as good of place to start as any.

Host Mary Hart and Chairman of the Board of the Palm Springs International Film Society Harold Matzner revealed that of 64 honorees recognized at past galas, 57 of them have gone on receive Oscar nominations. This year’s honorees included Rami Malek, Regina King, Alfonso Cuarón, Bradley Cooper and more. And their speeches felt like a precursor to what promises to be a long and surprising awards race.

But the annual gala is a looser occasion than the Oscars ceremony, and on Thursday night we picked up a few things about what the next few months of awards shows has in store.

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Chalamet graciously accepted both the Spotlight Award and Dern’s Kind bar as he raced through a speech about his realization that everyone’s “just a messy human.” Chalamet said he grew up admiring athletes but eventually stopped wanting to be “superhuman” and just be “very human indeed,” looking up to actors like Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix. Oh, and he still has a catalog of photos of Spike Lee’s office saved in his iCloud.

2. Olivia Colman just learned that Palm Springs is a real place

Olivia Colman is from Norfolk in England, where she said it rains all day. So coming for the first time to the middle of the desert was an adventure.

“Norfolk is basically made of rain, so thank you for inviting me here and proving you are real. I always thought Palm Springs was sort of like Narnia,” she joked.

Emma Stone, Colman’s co-star in “The Favourite,” talked about Colman’s ability to make people laugh and cry within moments of each other, and Colman’s speech did just that, with an overlay of sincerity even as she delivered a wicked punchline with a devilish smile.

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“It’s also been great to be part of something that suggests that women are not so different from normal people,” she said. “There’s my character, Queen Anne, someone in whom resides all the madness, confusion, frustration and madness of a powerful person unfit for their job. Don’t know if you know of anyone like that here.”

3. There’s a lot of love for Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott didn’t receive an award Thursday night, but his reception in the room was especially warm all the same. He looked the part of an Oscar front runner, and he paid tribute to his director on “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper, with the baritone gravitas and class we’ve come to expect from him.

“How is it that one human being can display so many artistic talents in a single motion picture,” Elliott said of Cooper. “He acts, he sings, he plays the guitar and the piano, all while producing, co-writing and songwriting. And he also gets the girl, Lady Gaga. And if that’s not enough, he has to be the f—ing director.”

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A humbled Cooper also didn’t hide how much he loved Elliott and said that his entire cast gave him, a first-time director, true blind faith and trust to make his film and get on this stage.

“If you believe in something so strong and you’re willing to work tirelessly, you can get great artists like Sam Elliott,” Cooper said.

4. We’re lucky to have Melissa McCarthy in awards season

It’s not as though Melissa McCarthy is an awards-season newbie — she scored an Oscar nomination for “Bridesmaids” back in 2012 — but she certainly back in the awards conversation with her more serious turn in the indie drama “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“If you had asked me at 18 years old how a spotlight might factor into my future, I would’ve guessed a prison break gone wrong,” McCarthy said.

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She accepted the festival’s Spotlight Award for an actress, and her mix of blunt comedy and open emotion and honesty will make you wish she gets an opportunity to give more awards show speeches the next few months.

One example: her tribute to co-star Richard E. Grant, who’s also getting awards buzz for his supporting role. “I’d like to get a few things straight about this Richard E. Grant fella, if that is his real name. Because we don’t know,” she said. “We don’t even know what that E. stands for. I know he appears to float within this bubble of charm and intelligence, but I think his real power is his heart and his compassion. God, he’s going to be impossible after this.”

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5. Jim Carrey is acting like his normal, weird self

“You’ve got that look on your faces, like the s— is about to get serious,” Jim Carrey said as he took the podium to introduce Peter Farrelly and the cast of “Green Book.” He read the room well, because if this crowd expected anything, it’s that they didn’t know what to expect from Carrey. But rather than be completely political or metaphysical and philosophical, Carrey was mostly his old, crazy and wild self, dancing around the stage and dipping in and out of voices, all with a little dash of his new persona.

He asked the crowd to briefly close their eyes and meditate on the year that just passed, then shrieked in horror to the crowd’s surprise. “I love the illusion of newness,” he joked about 2019. But he was genuine in his adoration of “Green Book.”

“Peter Farrelly knows that the great easer of pains is the sharing of experience,” Carrey said. “That’s why this new film ‘Green Book’ was like water in the desert to me, like sustenance in the moral and ethical dust bowl of 2018.”

And other fun things we noticed:

  • The “Mary Poppins Returns” kids are cute, but not as cute as Emily Blunt. Blunt held up a very-tired looking Joel Dawson and asked him who his favorite actress is. He correctly answered Emily Blunt. “Well done,” she said.
  • Alfonso Cuarón wants to work with Gary Oldman again soon. “We have to do it again,” said the director, who last worked with Oldman on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
  • Spike Lee isn’t done. He opened his speech praising actors he has worked with like the late Ruby Dee and Bill Nunn, and he closed by promising that despite winning a career achievement award, “I got another 20 years ahead of me.”
  • “It just feels good being Regina King,” the “If Beale Street Could Talk” star said. And how.
  • Glenn Close still likes calling herself an “actress.” “I don’t want it to be lesser than an actor, and I don’t know how many actors want to call themselves actresses.”

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The full list of honorees from the Palm Springs International Film Society Film Awards Gala is below:

  • Spotlight Award, Actor – Timothée Chalamet
  • Breakthrough Performance Award – Rami Malek
  • Chairman’s Award – Regina King
  • Ensemble Performance Award – “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • Sonny Bono Visionary Award – Alfonso Cuarón
  • Spotlight Award, Actress – Melissa McCarthy
  • Director of the Year Award – Bradley Cooper
  • Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress – Olivia Colman
  • Career Achievement Award – Spike Lee
  • Vanguard Award – “Green Book”
  • Icon Award – Glenn Close 
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