There’s still no word on when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will start filming, but that’s not stopping Dave Bautista from signing on for more work. The actor, who plays Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has joined the cast of the Dune reboot from director Denis Villeneuve.
As reported by Variety, the former WWE superstar will star alongside Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in the film. Villeneuve, who last directed Blade Runner 2049, is co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.
Villeneuve’s reboot will be the second time a Dune film has hit the big screen. Adapted from the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, the first film was released in 1984 from writer and director David Lynch. Prior to that, Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to adapt the book to film, but the project was ultimately abandoned. The 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune revisited the writer and director’s failed venture and examined the impact it had on science fiction franchises like Alien and Star Wars.
Dune is set in the future in space, following the fall of the Atreides family, who ruled the planet Arrakis. Chalamet will play Paul Atreides, who attempts to regain his family’s place of nobility on the world, with Ferguson set to star as his mother. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bautista will play “Beast” Rabban, the nephew of a Baron that now controls the planet.
There’s no set release date for Dune just yet. However, Bautista will soon be back in theaters as Drax when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26.