Rebecca Ferguson is in negotiations to star opposite Timothee Chalamet in Dune, Legendary’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel being directed by Denis Villeneuve. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company is eyeing an early 2019 production start for the ambitious project, which Villeneuve is producing along with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter.
Dune, initially published in the 1960s, tackles political, religious and environmental themes through a sci-fi lens, telling the complex story of a fallen noble family’s attempt to control of a desert planet named Arrakis and its export, a rare spice drug, while being betrayed by a galactic emperor.
Chalamet is playing Paul Atreides, the son of the ruler of the family, who is forced to escape into the desert wastelands and partner with its nomadic tribes. Using enhanced mental abilities, he eventually rises to become their ruler, with the nomads believing he is their messiah, and leads an army to overthrow the empire. Ferguson will play Atreides’ mother, Lady Jessica, who escapes with him into the desert and helps him become a savior in their eyes. Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts wrote the script. Thomas Tull is executive producing along with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Author Kevin J. Anderson is serving as a creative consultant.
Rebecca is also part of the ensemble of the new Men In Black movie and is set to shoot the Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep later this year.
Fantastic news! Rebecca Ferguson is in negotiations to co-star with Ewan McGregor in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep, the sequel to horror classic The Shining. McGregor is on board to star as the adult version of Danny Torrance in the pic. It is unknown who Ferguson will be playing.
Mike Flanagan, who helmed Netflix’s adaptation of the King novella Gerald’s Game, is directing. Flanagan’s producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg. Warner Bros. had been developing this film, as well as The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel, for years, but the studio struggled to secure a budget for either movie. Following the success of New Line’s It, every studio with any sort of King IP under its roof has fast-tracked each property into pre-production.
Another new film for Rebecca Ferguson has been revealed, as she’s set to take on the lead role in the biopic The Lady and the Panda. Based on the story of Ruth Harkness, a New York society lady who traveled to Tibet to search for the mythical bear that was said to live high up in the mountains. Her life was depicted in 2005 in the book by the same name by Vicki Constantine Croke. Harkness, who lived between 1900 and 1947, brought a panda back to the US along with her. No director or writer for the project was specified by the Swedish news outlet HD.se.
“I’ve always dreamed of traveling to Tibet and China, and we will film the entire movie in both countries. It feels really cool”, Rebecca told TT. She will shoot the movie at the same time as The Greatest Showman starts rolling, where she’ll portray (in a likely small role) Swedish singer Jenny Lind. Does The Lady and the Panda sound like a great role for Rebecca or what?!
Rebecca Ferguson is set to star in the Skydance sci-fi pic “Life,” sources tell Variety. Daniel Espinosa is directing the film with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg producing along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. The project, an original idea, has a script written by Deadpool duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. The story follows the crew of the International Space Station, who, after retrieving a sample from Mars, discover that it displays signs of life, and proves to be more intelligent than expected. Here’s to another very interesting project for Rebecca – we couldn’t be more excited for her!
According to Showbiz 411, the contract for Rebecca Ferguson is “signed, sealed and delivered” – which means that Ilsa Faust will get back into action in Mission: Impossible 6! Ferguson is also the first leading lady to appear in more than one M:I film (other than Michelle Monaghan’s small cameo in Ghost Protocol), which further proves how much everyone — audiences, the studio, Cruise, et al. — loves her.
Neither Paramount nor Ferguson’s rep have confirmed her return for the sequel, says Screen Crush. It begins production next August for a 2017 release. Ferguson is in high-demand right now thanks to Rogue Nation; she’s appearing next opposite Emily Blunt in the thriller The Girl on the Train and with Michael Fassbender in The Snowman. She’s also been rumored for a part in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.
Following the rumors of Rebecca’s possible involvement in The Snowman, more rumored projects have surfaced. So far none of them are confirmed, and they might just be wishes from the production companies, but here’s what the rumor mill is saying:
- Rebecca Ferguson is reportedly eyeing the lead role in Guernsey (aka The Guernsey Literary Society and Potato Peel Pie Society) with respected Brit director Mike Newell attached. That project still has some way to go but Ferguson is a fan of both the role – which has attracted the attention of A-listers like Kate Winslet in the past – and, in particular, working with Newell.
- She is also in the mix for the Prometheus sequel that Ridley Scott is prepping at Fox to go into production next year. No concrete talks have been held about that one yet but Deadline understands that the latest draft was delivered to Scott and Fox execs recently and it is, by all accounts, very strong with a peach of a major female role. Ferguson has a lot of fans at Fox, who had courted her to take the female lead in Gambit, only for the actress to go with The Girl on a Train instead.
- Lastly, there’s the possibility of another Mission: Impossible for Ferguson. The most recent installment has already grossed $680 million worldwide, making a sequel a priority for both Paramount and franchise player Tom Cruise. Ferguson’s return as the effortlessly kick-ass Ilsa would seem to be a no-brainer.
Do you think Rebecca will do any (or all) of them? And which one does sound the most exciting to you? Let us know!