It’s time. After several failed attempts, Dune finally gets a live-action adaptation worthy of its legendary source material, with a star-studded cast and acclaimed director at the helm.
Based on Frank Herbert’s novel, the story takes us to the desolate planet Arrakis, where the noble Atreides family, led by Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac), are tasked with maintaining order.
Dune has a stellar ensemble cast that also includes Timothée Chalamet, (Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame), Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home), and Jason Momoa (Aquaman).
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that expectations are high and discussions about a sequel are already intensifying, with director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) teasing that it could happen sooner than you think.
In a round table with IGN and other media, director Denis Villeneuve said he “would be very ready to go pretty fast” as he is already working on a script for Dune: Part Two.
He clarified: “To go quickly in a film of this size, you still have to do sets, costumes, so we are talking about months. But if there’s ever any excitement and the film gets the green light ASAP, I’ll say I’ll be ready to shoot in 2022 for sure.
If the film can stick to that timeline, we may well have Dune: Part Two as early as 2023, but that largely depends on a global box office made unpredictable by the pandemic.
Here’s everything you need to know about Dune, including when you can see it in theaters.
Dune UK release date
Dune will be released in the UK on Friday 22 October 2021. In the US, the film will be released both in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day – with Warner Bros. reversing its earlier decision to air it exclusively on the streamer.
Dune was originally slated for release in 2020, but was pushed back by Warner Bros. Studio moving around their slate due to the pandemic.
Ahead of its full-scale release, the film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September, playing out of competition at the prestigious festival – where other Warner Bros. films, including Joker, A Star Is Born and Gravity, all have. made their debut lately. years.
Will Dune be released online? How to watch a movie
In the US, Dune will be released in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service simultaneously, offering viewers the option to watch at home if they choose – though director Villeneuve has encouraged to see it on the larger screen possible.
“Frankly, to watch Dune on TV, the best way to compare is to drive a speedboat in your tub. To me, this is ridiculous. It’s a film that was made as a tribute to the big screen experience, ”he said. Total movie.
Dune will be available on HBO Max for 31 days, when it will be phased out, and subscribers will have to pay a premium either in theaters or on another online platform to see it again.
HBO Max is not available in the UK and as a result Dune will be cinemas exclusive when it releases here, with release on DVD, Blu-ray, and rental services likely to take place until the next year.
While having one of the most influential sci-fi books ever written as a source wasn’t enough, Dune also has an incredible all-star cast that thrills moviegoers.
Timothée Chalamet takes the lead role as Paul Atreides. Her previous roles include critically acclaimed turns in Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, and Little Women.
Oscar isaac plays his father Duke Leto, the patriarch of House Atreides, while Mission: Impossible’s Rebecca Ferguson embodies his partner Lady Jessica, follower of the Bene Gesserit lifestyle.
Josh brolin (Deadpool 2) and Jason momoa (Aquaman) play Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho, respectively, loyal members of the Atreides family.
Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home) was cast to play Chani, a mysterious person whose visions Paul has visions of and whom he eventually meets in the Arrakeen Desert.
Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl) has been cast as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the arch-nemesis of House Atreides who is briefly seen in the recent trailer.
To complete this flawless cast are Dave Bautista as Count Glossu Rabban Harkonnen, Charlotte rampling as the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, and Javier bardem like Stiglar.
You can see much of the cast in some sleek character posters below, where they look suitably sturdy:
The plot of the movie Dune: what is it?
Dune is an intricate sci-fi saga imagined by novelist Frank Herbert, which takes place largely from the perspective of the Atreides family after being chosen by the Emperor to take over the production of spices on the planet. sorry Arrakis.
The spice is the most valuable substance in the universe as it is the only component required for space travel, but it is also coveted by the inhabitants of Arrakis for its psychoactive mind-altering effects.
As they prepare to move from the lush planet Caladan to the desert world of Arrakis, young Paul Atreides begins to have disturbing visions of a terrible fate that awaits them there.
Indeed, sinister forces conspire against the Atreides clan, including their sworn enemies the Harkonnens, led by the grotesque Baron Vladimir and his brutal nephew, Rabban.
It really only scratches the surface of what Dune is, with Herbert’s novel also dealing with an ancient sacred prophecy for the people of Arrakis, which some believe was triggered by the arrival of Paul and his mother. .
How does Dune compare to the book?
So far, so good! Those who have read the original Dune book will spot a number of familiar scenes and concepts in the recent trailer, with many praising the cast as being absolutely perfect.
One minor change is that the character of Dr. Liet-Kynes, a planetologist on the planet Arrakis, has gone from a man in the book to a woman in the movie, played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster of Sex Education.
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune will pretty much adapt the first half of Frank Herbert Dune’s original novel, with plans for a sequel to complete the story down the line.
And according to co-writer Eric Roth, he’s already written a treat for the potential sequel – although he said it’s “all I can do” for now.
Talk to Collider in April 2021, he said: “I hope people like Dune so much that they want to have a second part, and I’m sure Denis would make an amazing version of it.”
The epic three-minute first trailer introduces you to the richly detailed sci-fi universe of Frank Herbert and his characters, including Paul Atreides, Chani, Duke Leto, and Duncan Idaho. The soundtrack is Pink Floyd’s Eclipse.
A second trailer for Dune was released in July 2021, which gives better insight into the film’s plot and even features comedic jokes between Paul (Chalamet) and family friend Duncan Idaho (Momoa). Take a look below.
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