Stellan Skarsgard to Play Villain Baron Harkonnen in ‘Dune’ Movie Reboot

The Dune Cast

According to THR, Stellan Skarsgard has been cast as villainous Baron Harkonnen in Denis Villeneuve‘s highly anticipated Dune adaptation.

Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Dave Bautista are already on board for the Legendary’s big-budget sci-fier, based on the Frank Herbert novel.

The Dune script was penned by Villeneuve, Eric Roth, and Jon Spaihts, and filming is due to begin this spring in Budapest and Jordan.

You can check out the book’s synopsis below.

Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis. As this planet is the only source of the oracular spice melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe, control of Arrakis is a coveted—and dangerous—undertaking. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the factions of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its spice.