Report: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Chang Chen in Talks to Join Dune's Already Impressive Cast

Chang Chen in his most famous role, in the West at least.
Chang Chen in his most famous role, in the West at least.
Image: Sony Pictures

Gosh, y’all. This movie is going to have everyone in it.

One more for the list, which already includes Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolen, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem: Hollywood Reporter says that Chang Chen is in talks to join the production. Chen, a Taiwanese actor who first rose to prominence in the West with his role as Dark Cloud in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is in talks to appear as Dr. Yueh, a physician who works for the Atreides family.


In addition to his role in Crouching Tiger, Chen has starred in The Assassin, a Hou Hsia-hsien film that took home the prize for Best Director at 2015's Cannes Film Festival.

The film, an adaptation of the 1966 novel by Frank Herbert, is being adapted by director Denis Villeneuve, who has apparently hired a fantastic casting director.

Dune opens on November 20, 2020.

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Every new piece of casting information just confirms the wisdom of the Twitter genius (whose handle, for the moment, escapes me) who called this movie “Infinity War for people who listen to St. Vincent.” I don’t believe it was meant as a burn, or at least not as an unsympathetic one, but I sure as shit felt implicated.

Hard to top the genius weirdness of David Lynch’s cast, especially Sting, but the new guys are not shirking the challenge. Crouching Tiger was a carpetbagger kung-fu movie, in my cranky-ass opinion, but Chang Chen has a long track-record of good roles with everyone from Hou to John Woo and Wong Kar-Wai.