Kyle MacLachlan is excited about director Denis Villeneuve's Dune reboot, and he even has some sound advice for Timothée Chalamet, who has been cast in the role MacLachlan played in the original 1984 adaptation. Incidentally, Dune was MacLachlan's breakout role as an actor, and it would be begin a career-long relationship with director David Lynch.
Based on the book series from Frank Herbert, Dune is a sci-fi epic about a young man who seeks revenge against an emperor who murdered his father, and then ultimately leads a resistance against the entire empire as a whole. The series has garnered a loyal fanbase over the years, and after sequels, miniseries, comic books, and video games, Dune is now being rebooted with a cast that includes Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling. And, with anticipation growing, MacLachlan has some thoughts about the direction Villeneuve is taking the film.
During an interview with BuzzFeed's morning show AM2DM, MacLachlan stated that he is enthusiastic about the upcoming Dune reboot, noting that "it's a challenging piece of material to try to bring to the screen," but added that Villeneuve seems perfectly capable of handling the challenge. Complimenting the recently announced cast for the film, MacLachlan added, "If anyone can do it, he'll [Villeneuve] do a great job, so... He's a terrific filmmaker." During the interview, MacLachlan also had some simple, but sound advice for Chalamet, given that he'll also be playing the role of lead character Paul Atreides, saying, "Go easy on the spice," which is in reference to a fictional drug within the series. Check out clips from the interview below:
As for MacLachlan's work relationship with Lynch, he second on-screen role was in Lynch's follow-up to Dune, the psychological thriller Blue Velvet. That said, his most notable role is in the TV series Twin Peaks, which was recently brought back for another season in 2017. Twin Peaks incidentally included the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me in 1992, in which MacLachlan also appeared.
Aside from the books, the original Dune adaptation has gone on to earn a cult following, so rebooting it might seem slightly sacrilegious to die hard fans. However, given Villeneuve's credibility as a filmmaker with movies like Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, and Sicario, as well as the A-list cast, it's fair to say that this adaptation has earned a shot at attempting to do justice to the source material. If the final product doesn't ultimately satisfy, then it wouldn't be the first time an adaptation of a classic story underwhelmed; but all of the right pieces seem to be in place to guarantee this version of Dune will likely win over naysayers.
- Dune (2020) release date: Dec 18, 2020