Josh Brolin is the latest actor to join director Denis Villeneuve’s film adaptation of Dune, a novel written by Frank Herbert in 1965.

The Academy Award-nominee, 51, will play Gurney Halleck, the character portrayed by Patrick Stewart in director David Lynch’s 1984 version.

He joins Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling and Javier Bardem in the film.

Denis, who directed Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, co-wrote the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.

Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis.

The planet is the only source of the coveted spice Melange, which means control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families.

After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion and man’s relationship to nature, as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

To celebrate his casting, Josh posted a snap of himself walking barefoot in a desert that he captioned: ‘Another adventure: “Dune” with Denis Villeneuve.’

Lynch’s adaptation was a commercial and critical failure and attempts have been made to adapt it since then, most notably by Paramount in 2008.

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