Denis Villeneuve’s hotly anticipated remake of the epic science fiction film has taken another step forward today as the first image of lead actor Timothee Chalamet has been revealed.
The film, which is to be directed by Villeneuve who’s previous work includes Blade Runner 2049 and Prisoners, also sees the likes of Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert join the producing team.
The cast has grown exponentially since the first announcement with the likes of Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem all being involved.
Taken from Frank Herbert’s classic series of science fiction novels, the script for the forthcoming film has been written by Eric Roth, whose screenplay credits include Forrest Gump, Munich, and others. There have been many attempts to remake Dune following David Lynch’s masterful 1984 film, none with such backing as this one, however.
Set in a dystopian future, Dune takes us to the year 10191 where a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. “Dune was made by people from all over the world. Many of these people are like family to me, and they’re very much in my thoughts,” Villeneuve said. “I’m so proud to showcase their hard work. I look forward to a time when we can all get together again as Dune was made to be seen on the big screen.”
Discussing his decision to join the project, Chalamet said: “The immediately appealing thing about Paul was the fact that in a story of such detail and scale and world-building, the protagonist is on an anti-hero’s-journey of sorts,” he told Vanity Fair. “He thinks he’s going to be sort of a young general studying his father and his leadership of a fighting force before he comes of age, hopefully a decade later, or something like that,” Chalamet added.
Dune is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2020, by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Here’s a glimpse at the original to keep you going: