Charlotte Rampling has signed on to play Reverend Mother Mohiam in Legendary's Dune reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In Frank Herbert's Dune novels, Mohiam is the Truthsayer to the Padishah Emperors - rulers of the Old Empire.
"An old woman in a black aba robe with hood drawn down over her forehead detached herself from the Emperor's suite, took up station behind the throne, one scrawny hand resting on the quartz back," reads a description of her in the first Dune novel. "Her face peered out of the hood like a witch caricature — sunken cheeks and eyes, an overlong nose, skin mottled and with protruding veins."
Rampling is a veteran actor who debuted in the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night. She recently appeared in the films Hannah and Assassin's Creed, and earned an "Best Actress" Academy Award nomination for her role in 2015's 45 Years.
If confirmed, Rampling would join a cast comprised of Timothee Chalamet (Paul Atreides), Rebecca Ferguson (Jessica Atreides), Dave Bautista (Glossu Rabban), and Stellan Skarsgard (Baron Harkonnen). Director Denis Villeneuve is expected to begin filming this spring.
Legendary has not set a release date for Dune.