Denis Villeneuve‘s “Dune” is having a week in the spotlight, with new images pouring out of Vanity Fair and Warner Bros. More of the cast can be seen in the newly released character portraits.
“Dune” stars Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name,” “Little Women”) as the son of a noble family and protector of the most valuable resource in the galaxy. An image of Chalamet’s Paul Atreides character released on Monday, as marketing goes into full swing amid the pandemic. The new stills reveal the extended cast of characters in Villeveuve’s upcoming sci-fi tale.
The film is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s highly acclaimed science fiction novel and marks another sci-fi project for the director. The star-studded cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, and Jason Momoa.
Arriving three years after his last film, Villeneuve looks to stun audiences and fans of the story alike through grand-scale production. Per the Vanity Fair exclusive, “Dune” is filmed on the sandy landscape of the United Arab Emirates, calling to the novel’s world-building. The award-winning talent behind the camera also helps Villeneuve reach this feat. Greig Fraser is the cinematographer on the film while Hanz Zimmer composes the score.
Villeneuve talks about adapting the novel for fans.
In the Vanity Fair exclusive, Villeneuve talks of splitting the film into two parts, with the upcoming release covering only half of Hebert’s hefty novel.
“I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie,” says Villeneuve. “The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”
Villeneuve also explains the ideas behind Herbert’s “Dune” are prophetic tellings of the world today. He says it speaks to the reality of oil, capitalism, and the “overexploitation” of the Earth.
Villeneuve and Ferguson talk expanding characters
The script for “Dune,” written by Villeneuve, Eric Roth, and Jon Spaihts, reflects an expanded role for Ferguson’s Lady Jessica. In the article, Ferguson details the differences seen in the “Dune” film adaptation from the novel, including the developed role of her character’s arc in the story. “There were some shifts he did, and they are beautifully portrayed now,” says Ferguson.
Villeneuve is no stranger to the sci-fi landscape. His directing credits include the Oscar-winning “Arrival,” starring Amy Adams. The film holds seven other Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Achievement in Directing, and Best Cinematography. His other films are “Prisoners,” “Enemy,” and “Incendies.”
Villeneuve’s dip into science fiction garners critical praise for its technical achievements. His latest, 2017’s “Blade Runner 2049,” was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning for Roger Deakins’ cinematography and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. The film grossed over $259 million worldwide.
“Dune” is produced by Legendary Entertainment, Villeneuve Films, and Warner Bros. WB is distributing the film, which releases on Dec. 18.