Director Denis Villeneuve (‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Sicario’) is reportedly in talks with ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ star Rebecca Ferguson for his upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s influential sci-fi novel ‘Dune.’

Set in the distant future, the sci-fi epic tells of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), the son of a noble family trying to avenge his father’s death while saving a spice planet that he is entrusted to protect.

Per THR, Ferguson would be taking on the role of Atreides’ mother, Lady Jessica, who escapes with him into the deep desert and helps him convince the native Fremen they are messianic figures from religious myths.

Villeneuve and his team are eyeing an early 2019 production start for the two movie adaptation. The award-winning novel, which launched a book series that lasted beyond Herbert’s death, was first adapted by David Lynch into a 1984 film and was also a Sci Fi Channel miniseries in 2000.