Cameras have officially started rolling on Dune, an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s bestseller from acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Sicario, Prisoners, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049).
Production has begun on the Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment film, which Villeneuve has written with Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, A Star Is Born) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange).
The amount talent on board, both in front and behind the camera, is jaw-dropping.
First up, the film’s 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 great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Playing Paul Atreides is Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), and he’s supported by an all-star cast that includes (deeeep breath) Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Oscar winner Javier Bardem. Crazy, right!? Oh, and Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Grandmaster) has entered talks to join the cast.
The behind-the-scenes team includes Aussie cinematographer Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (The Revenant, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), co-costume designer Bob Morgan, stunt coordinator Tom Struthers (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception), Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette (Arrival, Sicario), Oscar-nominated editor Joe Walker (Blade Runner 2049, 12 Years a Slave), two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert (First Man, Blade Runner 2049), and Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer (Blade Runner 2049).
On top of that, composer extraordinaire Hans Zimmer (Inception, Gladiator, The Lion King) has signed on to craft the film’s score.
Dune, which is currently being filmed on location in Budapest, Hungary, and in Jordan, is slated for a November 20, 2020 worldwide release.