Rebecca Ferguson may be part of the Fremen prophecy fulfilled.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Mission: Impossible veteran is in talk to join the cast of director Denis Villenueve’s adaptation of Dune. The novel, written by Frank Herbert, tells the tale of a future human civilization dependent on a drug/fuel source found only on one planet in the entire universe. Timothee Chalamet is already onboard to play Paul Atreides, the young protagonist who goes from ducal heir to powerful emperor over the course a few tumultuous years.
Ferguson, should talks be successful, will play his mother Jessica, the bound concubine of Duke Leto Atreides and a member of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood. That organization has manipulated bloodlines across generations produce a superbeing capable of doing things even their evolved skills cannot. As part of plan, Jessica was meant to give the Duke a daughter who could be married off to an heir of his arch rival, the Baron Harkonnen, and produce the superbeing. But as Jessica is still a human being, she allows a son to be born. Her choice sets off a whole series of events which could send the universe into anarchy.
Or, could it be the will of God?
In David Lynch’s adaptation of the novel, Jessica was played by Francesca Annis. The part was also played by Saskia Reeves in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries.
Production is set to begin in 2019.