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Dave Bautista to star opposite Timothée Chalamet in Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ adaptation

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Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista is reuniting with his Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve for Legendary’s upcoming film adaptation of Dune, which already features the likes of other high-profile talents like Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Bautista, who is perhaps best known for his role as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, will play “Beast” Rabban, who is described as the sadistic nephew of a baron who oversees the desert planet known as Arrakis.

Meanwhile, Chalamet is set to play the starring role of Paul Atreides, the son of a noble family trying to avenge his father’s death while also trying to save a spice planet that he is entrusted to protect with his life, while Ferguson is playing his mother, Lady Jessica.

Villeneuve is directing the long-in-the-works project, which has been in development at Legendary since 2008, from a screenplay written by Oscar-winner Eric Roth, based on Frank Hebert’s best-selling 1965 sci-fi novel.

In addition to directing, Villeneuve will also serve as a producer on the film alongside Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert executive producing.

A release date for the film has not yet been announced, though production is expected to get underway later this year.

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Phoenix readers: Want to see ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’ early and for free?

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Warner Bros. will release The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, the eagerly awaited sequel to The LEGO Movie, on February 8 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to enter to win passes (good for you and one guest) to an advance screening of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part happening Saturday, February 2 at Harkins Tempe Marketplace at 10:00 a.m.

Keep in mind that the sweepstakes are only open until 12:00 p.m. ET on January 30, so be sure to enter as soon as possible for a chance to win. Below is the official trailer for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Mike Mitchell

Cast: Chis Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, with Stephanie Beatriz and Tiffany Haddish.

Opens: Friday, February 8

Rating: PG for some rude humor

Synopsis: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all-new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

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The first ‘High Life’ trailer finds Robert Pattinson on a mind-boggling space expedition

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A24 has released the first trailer for High Life, the eagerly awaited English-language debut from French filmmaker Claire Denis, which debuted to rave reviews from critics following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.

The film follows Monte (Robert Pattison), the only crew member awake on a ship sent deep into outer space, as he rigorously tends to the ship to keep everyone onboard alive, including his infant daughter. However, as Monte’s self-discipline begins to slip, the crew awakens and conflict among the passengers subsequently begins to erupt.

High Life marks somewhat of a reunion for A24 and Pattinson, who starred in Josh and Benny Safdie’s adrenaline-filled crime thriller Good Time in 2017, which was also distributed by the New York City-based indie studio.

In addition to Pattinson, the space thriller features an all-star cast that includes the likes of Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth, André Benjamin, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, Ewan Mitchell, Claire Tran, and Gloria Obianyo.

Denis wrote the script for High Life along with Jean-Pol Fargeau and Geoff Cox. Oliver Dungey, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery-Lapiney, Andrew Lauren, and DJ Gugenheim are producers.

High Life will open in theaters on April 12.

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Peter Parker goes on a European vacation in the first ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer

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Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the eagerly awaited next chapter in the Spider-Man series, which finds our friendly neighborhood web-slinger leaving his superhero duties in Brooklyn behind for a couple weeks to go on vacation to Europe with Ned and MJ.

However, as you could imagine, Peter’s European vacation doesn’t exactly go as planned when he runs into a stone-faced Nick Fury, who requires assistance uncovering the mystery of several elemental creature attacks that have been wreaking havoc across the continent.

Jon Watts is back in the director’s chair for the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, working from a script written by Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna. Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios and Amy Pascal of Sony are producing.

Far From Home‘s all-star cast includes the likes of Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Zendaya as Michelle Jones, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Laura Harrier as Liz, and Jake Gyllenhaal as the villainous Mysterio, who get a brief glimpse of in the trailer.

We’ll next see Spider-Man in Avengers: Endgame on April 26 before Far From Home opens in theaters this summer on July 5—the same weekend Homecoming was released before going on to gross more than $334 million at the domestic box office.

You can check out the newly released trailer below.

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