Josh Brolin To Play The Baliset In Denis Villeneuve’s Dune

by Erik Amaya


Josh Brolin will be one of Paul Atreides’s (Timothy Chalamet) instructors in the upcoming adaptation of Dune.
Variety reports the actor will play Gurney Halleck, warmaster to House Atreides and one of Paul’s three principle tutors in the years leading up to the Atreides move from Planet Caladan to Planet Arakkis, source of the most important substance in the known universe — the spice melange. Described as “an ugly lump of a man,” Gurney is an accomplished warrior and baliset player. The music he played on the instrument, a descendant of the zither, was said to fill the dining halls of House Atreides before certain events see Paul separated from that life sometime in the year 10,191. Gurney was also separated from Paul, but the two eventually find each other again.
The character was portrayed by Patrick Stewart in the David Lynch version of Dune, leading many to suggest he should just play the part again.
Other cast members include Oscar Issac as Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Paul’s mother and Leto’s royal concubine, Javier Bardem as the Fremen leader Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen — the principle antagonist — Dave Bautista as the Baron’s cruel nephew Rabban, Charlotte Rampling as the Reverend Mother Helen Gaius Mohiam, head of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood; the group which first planted the prophecy within Fremen society, and Zendaya as Chani, a Fremen warrior who become quite close to Paul.
Dune is not yet scheduled for release.

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