If you’re an A-lister in Hollywood 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 and space travel fuel. Brolin’s Gurney Halleck is Paul Atreides’ weapons teacher and mentor, previously played by Patrick Stewart.
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 just hope everyone buys into this sci-fi flick.