Acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve gives place to the next great science fiction saga with Dune, the new film adaptation of the novel written by American author Frank Herbert. Thanks to the great success of the book, originally published in 1965, Herbert continued writing new volumes until he built one of the most revolutionary science fiction sagas, which served as a great inspiration for the creation of other hits such as Star Wars and Game of Thrones.
On this occasion, Villeneuve intends to create a “Star Wars for adults” in two films that, together, will cover the first book in the series. The original story places us on the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the only home of “the spice”. The spice is a drug capable of extending human life and awakening incredible mental powers in its users, which is why it is considered the most valuable substance in the universe. Dune will be the battlefield of a political, religious and philosophical war between the different factions that will fight for the control of the planet.
In the first film, Timothée Chalamet will star as Paul Atreides, son of Duke Leto Atreides, a nobleman who has been given the administration of the planet who will be played by Oscar Isaac. The rest of the cast is made up of personalities such as Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa and Zendaya, among many others.
Although Dune has been previously adapted, David Lynch‘s 1984 version being the most notable example, none of the previous projects had set out to be as faithful to the original source material as that of Denis Villeneuve. Villeneuve is recognized as one of the leading science fiction filmmakers of recent years, with great films, like Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017), under his belt. Dune is slated for release on December 18, 2020, the date on which the science fiction landscape will change forever once again.