As the release for the brand new reboot of Dune looms ever closer, Timothée Chalamet has spoken to Empire about the awe-inspiring shoot in the desert and how he handled the “most thrilling” part of the original book.
Few science-fiction epics can match up to the weighty tome of Dune. Written by Frank Herbert, the 600-page novel is full to the brim with danger, politics, sandworms, drugs and war. Somehow, Denis Villeneuve has to capture it all in one film.
The film focuses on Timothée Chalamet’s character, Paul Atreides, a nobleman from House Atreides, who is thrown into danger and is soon about to face the most difficult moment of his life.
He sees himself facing both the desert of Arrakis and the giant sandworms that roam it with an unlikely outcome ahead. While it would have been easy to parcel this one off to the green screen brigade, director Villeneuve instead took the cast to the Wadi Rum desert.
The desert, located in South Jordan and also known as the Valley of the Moon, is the ideal spot for Herbert’s vision to come to life and it was a place which inspired Timothée Chalamet
“That part of the Wadi Rum is so awe-inspiring, you might as well be getting chased by that cliff in the background,” Chalamet told Empire.
“It wasn’t a green-screen or anything. That’s one of the most thrilling parts of the book and the movie. We had the sketches,” reveals Chalamet. It was a new concept for him, “That was a lesson for me. On a Call Me By Your Name or Beautiful Boy it can be counterintuitive to see the storyboards because then maybe you limit yourself based on a camera angle or whatever. It’s the opposite [here] because, for a sequence with the sandworm chasing you, I could never imagine that.”
With the first trailer set to arrive on September 9th, the anticipation for this one isn’t going to leave us very quickly.