Rumor control: A vampire in the new Dune?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Dune fans blanched at the rumors that sparkly Twilight vampire Robert Pattinson would somehow appear in Peter Berg's contemplated adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic SF novel.

Well, drive a stake into those reports. Zap2It cites unnamed sources as saying they're not true:

What is true is that Pattinson is set to star in a version of Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel Bel Ami. He'll play amoral journalist Georges Duroy, who uses his harem of mistresses to move up the social and professional ladders.

That still leaves open the question: Who would make the best Paul Atreides? Tobey Maguire? Jake Gyllenhaal? Shia LaBeouf?