For a long time it was widely believed in Hollywood that Brian Herbert’s groundbreaking science fiction novel was the order of the day dunewas not filmable. Acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve took on the daunting task of adapting Dune for the big screen with a huge budget and an illustrious cast. Stellan Skarsgård will star in the film as the main villain Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the actor teased his character’s distinctive looks and the chilling effect the baron’s mere presence has on the story.
“I spent eight or ten days in the film so my character wouldn’t appear too often, but his presence will be palpable. He’s so terrifyingly present where even if he doesn’t say anything, I think you will.” I’m afraid of him. And I’m extremely fat. I had eight hours in the makeup chair every day. And in some scenes I look very tall because I’m floating. You will have a lot of fun with it. ”
In Herbert’s novel, Baron Vladimir Harkonne is portrayed as an extremely evil being who is cruel and sadistic and possesses an immense ruse that overthrows his enemies without the baron having to intervene directly. One of the most memorable things about Baron Harkonnen is his gross looks, his huge body has to be propped up by a floating chair, and his poor personal hygiene.
The Dune trailer gave us a brief glimpse of Baron Harkonnen coming out of what appears to be a mud pit. In a previous interview, Villeneuve had spoken of his desire to give the Baron more nuances in order to make him a rounder character than the almost caricatured villain Herbert wrote about. According to Skarsgård, this adaptation of Dune is characterized by Villeneuve’s cinematic approach, which takes the time to build an atmosphere.
“The special thing about it and why I’m also looking forward to this film is that it is Denis Villeneuve. Whatever he does, he creates an atmosphere that is dense, that you can touch and that you are simply drawn into, and you will be bored never himself – even if he takes long and slow recordings. The atmosphere builds up and you are in his universe. I think it will be the same with this one. It is nice to work with him and he is a beautiful one Man . ”
Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script he wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, Dune Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Zendaya as Chani, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh, Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr. Liet Kynes, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban, David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho Stephen Henderson as Thufir Hawat and Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck. The film will hit theaters October 1 and on HBO Max. The Daily Beast was the first to cover the story.