Dune – USA, 2020 – preview

 
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Dune is a 2020 science-fiction feature film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel about a young man who has to travel to a dangerous planet to fulfil his destiny.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049; Arrival) from a screenplay co-written with Eric Roth (Wolfen) and Jon Spaihts (The Mummy; Doctor Strange; Prometheus), the movie stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Dave Bautista, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgård, Jason Momoa and Josh Bolin.

Brian Herbert, son of author Frank Herbert, has announced that principal filming has wrapped on Dune. The movie began filming in Jordan back in March and intended as the first chapter of a two-part adaptation of Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel.

Plot:

Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to Arrakis, a harsh and dangerous desert planet plagued by giant sandworms to ensure the future of his family and his people.

As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of melange, the most precious resource in existence – a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential – only those who can conquer their fear will survive…

Release:

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment had originally marked Dune for release on November 20, 2020, but this has now been changed to December 18, 2020.

Cast and characters:

  • Timothée Chalamet … Paul Atreides
  • Zendaya … Chani
  • Dave Bautista … Glossu ‘Beast’ Rabban
  • Rebecca Ferguson … Lady Jessica
  • Stellan Skarsgård … Baron Harkonnen
  • Jason Momoa … Duncan Idaho
  • Josh Brolin … Gurney Halleck
  • Javier Bardem … Stilgar
  • Oscar Isaac … Duke Leto Atreides
  • David Dastmalchian … Piter De Vries
  • Charlotte Rampling … Reverend Mother Mohiam
  • Babs Olusanmokun … Jamis
  • Chen Chang … Doctor Yueh
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson

Filming locations:

Origo Film Studios, Budapest, Hungary
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Background:

Frank Herbert’s 1965 Dune novel also inspired a 1984 film adaptation by David Lynch, the 2000 Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert’s Dune and its 2003 sequel Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, a series of computer games and a board game.

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