Daily ‘Dune’: David Dastmalchian to Play Harkonnen Mentat

The remaining roles of Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s seminal science fiction novel Dune at Legendary Pictures are finally filling up, with an important piece of the Harkonnen puzzle fitting into place.

Actor David 
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According to Deadline, David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man, Almost Human) has joined the film as Piter De Vries, Mentat in the service of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. The Mentats are “human computers” in the world of Dune– hardcore training preventing them from breaking certain edicts…until Piter.

It is by will alone that he’ll set his mind in motion. No word on whether we’ll be seeing the juice of sapho stains.

Dastmalchian joins an already impressive cast including Timothée Chalamet as Paul, Rebecca Ferguson as his mother The Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac reportedly joining the film as Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Charlotte Rampling as the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, Dave Bautista as the Beast Raban Harkonnen, Javier Bardem as Fremen leader Stilgar, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, and the rumor (that we’re still waiting to get confirmed) of Zendaya as Chani.

Cameras are reportedly set to start rolling sometime in March, and we’ll let you know what we hear about any other news from Arrakis.

Dune is set to hit theaters on November 20th, 2020.

Shai Hulud.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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