If you’re not as freaked out as I am by the thought of Robert Pattinson playing Paul Atreides in the upcoming remake of Dune, then you’re a much, much stronger man–or woman–than I am.
Why am I freaking out? Simple. There’s not even the proverbial snowball’s chance that some putz whose biggest roles were a sparkly vampire and Cedric Freaking Diggory can handle the lead in a major sci-fi franchise film like Dune.
Dune is an institution. A really WEIRD institution, granted, but Dune is like the Hellraiser of science fiction. There have been so many versions–mostly books, granted–of this movie that it qualifies for franchise status. And to put the sparkly vampire emo boi in charge is downright insulting.
I just can’t see him tackling a big role in a genre he has no experience in. And besides–his big draw is to teenage girls. What teenage girl is going to want to sit through DUNE?
I’m not very pleased with this development at all. But maybe I’m overreacting.