All going well, Dune will be running in the cinemas on December 18, 2020.
Denis Villeneuve, of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has been adapting Frank Herbert’s iconic Dune sci-fi. It’s the epic story of Paul Atreides, who is born into a powerful family and an even greater destiny, but who must survive the most dangerous planet in the universe.
Timothée Chalamet (Little Women, Interstellar) plays Paul Atreides, and a powerful cast joins in him the barren planet of Arrakis.
Rebecca Ferguson is Lady Jessica, Paul’s Bene Gesserit mother, Oscar Isaac is Duke Leto Atreides, Josh Brolin is Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgård is Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Dave Bautista is Glossu Rabban, Stephen McKinley Henderson is Thufir Hawat, Zendaya is Chani, a mysterious young Fremen woman.
Meanwhile, David Dastmalchian is Piter De Vries, Chang Chen is Dr Wellington Yueh, Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr Liet-Kynes, Charlotte Rampling is Gaius Helen Mohiam, a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother, Jason Momoa is Duncan Idaho, and Javier Bardem is Stilgar, the leader of the Fremen.
It’s hard to give context to any of these characters without giving some of the plot away. A bit like describing any Game of Throne knight in context immediately indicates who’s side their own and what their fate might be.
Many fans will be hoping for the best. Dune projects are nothing if decisive.
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