The spice must flow and now production is moving into rapid pace for Denis Villeneuve’s big screen adaptation of Dune, the cult classic science fiction work from the legendary Frank Herbert.
Here’s the official synopsis:
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Long regarded as Villeneuve’s passion project, the director has the presence of a very impressive cast who will be lead by Timothée Chalamet as Dune’s protagonist and heroic lead Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Paul’s mother and Duke Leto’s concubine, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, father to Paul and ruler of House Atreides, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Atreides weapons master and Paul’s teacher, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, sworn enemy to Leto, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban, the brutish nephew of Baron Harkonnen, Zendaya as Chani, Fremen daughter of Imperial Planetologist Liet-Kynes, David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries, a twisted Mentat loyal to the Baron, Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam, a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother and the Emperor’s Truthsayer, with Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, swordmaster of House Atreides and Javier Bardem as Stilgar, leader of the Fremen tribe at Sietch Tabr.
Along with his star studded cast, Villeneuve also has great support behind the camera with the likes of cinematographer Greig Fraser (Rogue One), costume designer Jacqueline West (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Revenant), production designer Patrice Vermette (Arrival, Sicario), stunt coordinator Tom Struthers (The Dark Knight, Inception) and composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight) who will craft the film’s otherworldly score.
Dune ranks as one of the greatest stories ever told and with it’s intelligent narrative and mind-expanding ideas, combined with Villeneuve’s visual magic we’re sure to have something incredible up on screen. Dune is expected to shoot in Budapest, Hungary, and Jordan, which will stand in for the harsh desert planet of Arrakis.
Brace yourselves for the next monumental achievement in science fiction cinema with Dune, which will be a true visual masterpiece when it arrives in cinemas on November 20, 2020.
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