Rebecca Ferguson‘s year might be getting even better. Having reprised her role as Ilsa Faust in the acclaimed Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and having already signed on for roles in big projects such as the upcoming Men In Black spinoff and the adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, she’s potentially got another great role lined up.
Ferguson is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune, the adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel that has now been confirmed as being split into two parts.
The story revolves around Paul Atreides – who has already been confirmed to be played by Timothee Chalamet – whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource known as ‘spice’, jurisdiction over Arrakis is contested among competing noble families, leading to the betrayal of Paul’s family. Paul then leads a rebellion to restore his family’s reign.
Ferguson is in line to play Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica. Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider) has taken on the massive task of penning the screenplay. The novel was previously, and infamously, brought to the big screen by David Lynch in 1984, while a TV mini-series was released in 2000. Here’s hoping that this version surpasses both of those by a long way.
The addition of Ferguson is a great coup for the project, which now contains two of the breakout acting stars of the last few years. Ferguson already looks in line to potentially take over the Mission: Impossible franchise if Tom Cruise ever decides to step away, and now she has Dune and the two aforementioned big projects lined up as well. Expect her star to only get bigger over the next few years.