Timothée Chalamet To Headline Villenueve's DUNE

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Despite the underwhelming performance of BLADE RUNNER 2049, it would appear that Denis Villenueve's next big budget sci-fi epic is still moving forward.  

His adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel DUNE has cast its lead: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME's Timothée Chalamet is in final negotiations to headline the film as Paul Atreides (a role originally played by Kyle Machlachlan in David Lynch's not-so-classic adaptation from 1984). 

For those unfamiliar, here's the synopsis courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter (who broke this news): 

 "The novel, initially published in the 1960s, tackled political, religious and environmental themes through a sci-fi lens, telling the complex story of a fallen ruling family’s attempt to control a desert planet named Arrakis and its export, a rare spice drug, while being betrayed by a galactic emperor."

Villanueve is, in my opinion, one of the greatest visionary directors to come along in recent memory and his name being attached to a film is always reason for celebration, but there's something particularly exciting about him adapting such a big, crazy story. 

Are you guys as excited about this as we are? Sound off in the comments!