‘Dune’ star Timothée Chalamet on becoming David Bowie

Written by Staff Writer, CNN The prospect of Timothée Chalamet stepping into the shoes of the late David Bowie for “Dune” is enough to bring a tear to the eye. How many times in…

'Dune' star Timothée Chalamet on becoming David Bowie

Written by Staff Writer, CNN

The prospect of Timothée Chalamet stepping into the shoes of the late David Bowie for “Dune” is enough to bring a tear to the eye. How many times in your life are you going to have the chance to ask Timothée Chalamet to say hi to you?

The film adaptation of David Lynch’s beloved sci-fi epic is due to be released in just a few months.

Yet, the film’s director and star had to first overcome doubts before they were able to join forces. When Chalamet was first approached to be a part of the movie, he initially declined. He’d seen that while Natalie Portman was a big draw, and Roy Scheider was a fan favorite, none of them had been considered for the part of Stromboli, the famed character played by Bowie.

Timothée Chalamet in “Dune.” Credit: courtesy high oblow / take

“And then they basically made it up as they went along to say I’m really good,” he told CNN at the New York City premiere of the film on Tuesday. “It was like ‘Dive in.’ I did.”

Timothée Chalamet in “Dune.” Credit: courtesy high oblow / take

The film, which also stars Stellan Skarsgard, will hit theaters on November 20.

In the novel, Stromboli is a romantic interloper torn between two loves. In the film version, he’s a new recruit for the subterranean Arrakis Resistance who is chafing at the life of luxury the property his noble family have abandoned in favor of dreams of acquiring billions of dollars’ worth of prized minerals.

“He’s a bit of a pill,” said Villeneuve, who, for the last two years, had been hard at work on the film adaptation of the book. “What if a person doesn’t think they need a better life but then they’re given the chance? It’s very hip, it’s almost like ‘Saved by the Bell’.”

Spinning off from “Hail, Caesar!” Chalamet also voiced the character of Simba in “The Lion King” reboot earlier this year. He said both experiences were “really cool” and described them as “good preparation” for “Dune.”

“There’s a lot of similarities,” he said. “Very well done, but there’s a lot of things that are different.”

For many, the star of “Call Me By Your Name” will forever be known as “that skinny kid from ‘Dunkirk'” for his performance as a soldier trying to recall the whereabouts of his Nazi friends in “Dunkirk.”

“It was just really fun,” he said of the role. “I had a great time, it was great to meet new people.”

He hadn’t yet seen the film, but planned to “just watch a few scenes.”

“Dune” is out in theaters on November 20.

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