Dune: All the things you need to have to know about Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic



Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides in Dune.

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Following Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve is not slowing down with the complex sci-fi blockbusters. His subsequent epic: Dune. Adapted from the lauded book series by Frank Herbert, Dune 2020 really should be extremely various to director David Lynch’s famously divisive 1984 adaptation.

Here’s anything we know about the new Dune.


Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck and Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho in Dune.

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Who are the characters?

Timothée Chalamet will star as young antihero Paul Atreides. Oscar Isaac plays Paul’s father, Duke Leto Atreides. Rebecca Ferguson plays his mother, Lady Jessica. Actor Zendaya plays Paul’s like interest, a mysterious lady with glowing blue eyes named Chani. The two warriors Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho who finish up coaching Paul in combat are played by Josh Brolin and Jason Momoa.

Stilgar, the leader of indigenous folks named Fremen is played by Javier Bardem. Stellan Skarsgard plays Baron Vladimir — the leader of Residence Harkonnen from Arrakis that battles with the Atreides family members.

Charlotte Rampling plays the reverend mother of an order of ladies named the Bene Gesserit who can study and handle minds. Paul’s personal mother Jessica is also aspect of the Bene Gesserit.

Sharon Duncan-Brewster plays an ecologist and an independent energy broker Dr. Liet Kynes who tries to preserve the peace.

What is it about?

Paul Atreides grows up in an aristocratic family members on the planet of Caladan. But when Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides accepts the job of supervising the harmful desert planet Arrakis (recognized as Dune), anything alterations in Paul’s life. Leto brings his Bene Gesserit lover Lady Jessica, his son Paul and his advisers to Arrakis.

Arrakis is the only supply of the most important substance in the universe named the spice (also named melange). Spice is truly a highly effective drug that can prolong human life and offer super-human thoughts handle powers. The spice can allow intergalactic travelers to “fold space” — and travel more quickly than the speed of light.


Oscar Isaac searching prepared to battle as Duke Leto Atreides in Dune.

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Having said that, this new job promotion could truly be a trap produced by Leto’s enemies who want to be rid of him. Leto ends up clashing with the highly effective criminal family members recognized as the Residence Harkonnen, which is led by the monstrous Baron Vladimir who appears like a humanoid rhino.

Regardless of all the odds, Leto manages to take handle of the spice mining operation. But the presence of giant man-consuming sandworms tends to make anything harmful.

Here’s the official synopsis:

“A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a wonderful destiny beyond his understanding, who need to travel to the most harmful planet in the universe to make sure the future of his family members and his folks.”

“As malevolent forces explode into conflict more than the planet’s exclusive provide of the most valuable resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest possible-only these who can conquer their worry will survive.”

1st trailer

Dune’s trailer will drop on Wednesday, Sept. 9. In the meantime, here’s a brief teaser:

Variations from the 1984 version

Director David Lynch’s 1984 film, which starred Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, may possibly have at some point attained cult status, but when it was released it was a box workplace and important flop. The new Dune is not a remake of Lynch’s revision but anything entirely various, with a closer connection to the book.

“When I saw Lynch’s adaptation, I was impressed, but it was not what I had dreamed of, so I am attempting to make the adaptation of my dreams,” Villeneuve stated in a 2017 interview. “I am going back to the book, and going to the pictures that came out when I study it.”

Who’s generating it?

Legendary Photographs purchased the rights to Dune in 2016. Warner Bros. is distributing the film with Denis Villeneuve directing. Villeneuve is very best recognized for his motion pictures Arrival and Blade Runner 2049.

Villeneuve, Eric Roth (A Star is Born) and Jon Spaihts (Pacific Rim: Uprising) wrote the screenplay. Dune is primarily based on the sci-fi fantasy novel series by Frank Herbert.

Frank Herbert wrote six novels in the Dune series, starting in 1965. The books had been adapted into David Lynch’s 1984 film, as properly as two Television miniseries. Dune remakes are not constantly uncomplicated to get off the ground — a failed 1970s version masterminded by cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky was the topic of the entertaining documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune.

Game of Thrones language creator David Peterson is creating languages for the film. Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer will be scoring the music for Dune.

When will Dune be released in theaters?

Dune debuts in theaters on Dec. 18, 2020.

“I appear forward to a time when we can all get collectively once again as Dune was produced to be noticed on the significant screen,” Villeneuve told Vanity Fair.

Meet the cast

Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides

Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica

Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides

Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck

Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban

Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat

Zendaya as Chani

David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries

Chen Chang as Dr. Wellington Yueh

Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr. Liet-Kynes

Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam

Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho

Javier Bardem as Stilgar

This post was initially published on Sept. eight, 2020, and will be updated as news rolls in.

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