There has been a lot of buzz about the casting of the reboot of Frank Herbert’s Dune. We here at GGA are definitely excited and will be covering all the breaking news surrounding the new Dune. Here’s a brief overview of what we know so far about Denis Villeneuve‘s reboot of the film.

This will be the fourth attempt at adapting Frank Herbert’s novel. The first was in the ’70s by Alejandro Jodorowsky, but his attempt never made it to the screen. David Lynch wrote and directed the first completed version in 1984 starring Kyle MacLachlan. The Syfy channel produced a three-part miniseries in 2000 based on the novel. And there has been one sequel, Syfy’s Children of Dune, a combination of the second book, Dune Messiah, and  the third book Children of Dune, starring James McAvoy.

The Dune reboot is currently in production, filming in Budapest, Hungary and Jordan. Villeneuve will produce with Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers. Villeneuve is directing and co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.

Hans Zimmer will score the film.  Villeneuve has also enlisted the talents of cinematographer Greig Fraser (Rogue One); costume designers Jacqueline West (The Revenant) with Bob Morgan;  production designer Patrice Vermette (Sicario); editor Joe Walker (Arrival); and creative consultant Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the Dune prequel books

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Dune, Desert Planet

Dune is set in the very far future. I’m talking millenniums. The Padishah Emperor rules the universe and a federation of the ruling houses called the Landsraad.  The House Atreides and House Harkonnen are a part of the Landsraad.  Their rivalry is the foundation of the story that fuels jealousy, betrayal, and retribution of the two houses.

Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynch's Dune.

Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynch’s Dune.

The hot commodity of the universe is a spice drug called melange. It is only found on one planet, Arrakis and is used by everyone for various reasons. Spice consumption causes a person’s eyes to turn blue. At the beginning of the story, House Atreides is assigned to take over the spice production from House Harkonnen. This move raises a lot of concern from other factions who rely on the spice and have political investments on the planet. 

Left out of these conversations are the Fremen, the indigenous and nomadic people of Arrakis. Many among the Fremen see the arrival of the Atreides as a sign of change. So when House Atreides falls, the Fremen save the survivors Paul Atreides and his mother Jessica. Paul rises as a religious and political leader among the Fremen and leads a rebellion that could have dire consequences throughout the universe. 

The Cast

Dune Cast

Timothee Chalamet was the first to be cast in the film as the lead character, Paul Atreides. Since then a slew of talent has boarded the Dune train, making it a highly anticipated film. Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac signed on to play Paul’s parents the Lady Jessica and Duke Leto Atreides; Zendaya will play Paul’s love interest, Chani; Stellan Skarsgård jumped onboard to play the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen with Dave Bautista playing his nephew “The Beast” Glossu Rabban and Charlotte Rampling will play the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam.  Javier Bardem is still in negotiations to join the cast as Fremen leader Stilgar. 

Later addtions to the cast include Josh Brolin as Gurney Hallack, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, and David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries.  Stephen Henderson is also listed in the cast, but no word on which character he will play.  Chang Chen is in negotiations to play Dr. Wellington Yueh. 

Dune Cast Part 2

Key characters that have not been cast yet are Thufir Hawat, Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, Princess Irulan Corrino, Dr. Liet Kynes, and Shadout Mapes.  

Great Expectations

It’s hard not to have expectations. The book has been around for 44 years and the first Dune movie is considered a cult classic. There will be comparisons of the two films, but there shouldn’t be. Villeneuve told Indiewire that he has much respect for Lynch and the strong qualities of Lynch’s version of Dune, but it is not what he had dreamt of. “I’m trying to make the adaptation of my dreams. It will not have any link with the David Lynch movie. “I’m going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it.”  I honestly think that fans of the movies need to forget what they have seen as well. And watch Villeneuve’s movie as if they are seeing the book come to life for the first time. 

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