Charlotte Rampling will soon test Timothee Chalamet in Denis Villenueve’s version of Dune.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rampling will play Reverend Mother Helen Gaius Mohiam, the head of the Bene Gesserit order involved in manipulating the bloodlines of the nobles houses of the Landsraad to produce a superbeing capable of accessing knowledge the all-female order cannot. She also serves as truthsayer to the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, even as her own interests lead the universe to a crossroads. But central character Paul Atreides (Chalamet) first meets her when she comes to Caladan to test him. The test features a box which delivers pain and a poison-tipped device known as the Gom Jabbar. The character was played by Sian Phillips in the 1984 David Lynch version of Dune and by Zuzana Geislerová in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries.
Besides Rampling and Chalamet, the film will also feature Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s mother Jessica, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen — the principle antagonist — and Dave Bautista as the Baron’s cruel nephew Rabban.
The film will begin production soon, but it is unclear when it will be released.