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The polarizing '80s sci-fi film "Dune" is getting a remake of sorts, and it's hero seems to have been chosen.

Timothée Chalamet is reportedly boarding the project. The French-American actor is in late-stage talks to star as Paul Atreides in Denis Villenueve's take on the epic story, according to Deadline. That makes him the one to take up the baton from Kyle MacLachlan, who portrayed the character in the David Lynch-directed original.

"Dune" originally came out in 1984 and was based on Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi novel of the same name about a young man fighting to maintain control of a desert planet. Although the books have had enormous success, the movie was considered a bust at the time, as SyfyWire notes. It has, however, since gotten more credit for what it accomplished given the technological context.

Villeneuve will have the benefit of today's technology for the upcoming version of the futuristic story, and now he has quite the leading man, too. Chalamet earned an Academy Award nomination for 2017's "Call Me by Your Name," and he also starred in "Lady Bird," a film nominated Best Picture last year.

So far, we don't know much about Villeneuve's version of "Dune," but we're definitely curious to see how it compares to the original.

[via: Deadline]