Dune’s release date – plus trailer, cast and latest news

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Timothee Chalamet plays Paul Atreides in Dune (2020)

One of the most ambitious sci-fi stories of all time is getting another film adaptation, with an incredible cast and acclaimed director at the helm.

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Originally published back in 1965, Frank Herbert’s Dune tells the story of the House Atreides, who are granted rule over the desolate desert planet Arrakis but are secretly being targeted for elimination.

At the heart of the story is Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), a teenage boy with wisdom beyond his years and strange powers he can’t quite comprehend.

The first attempt at a Dune movie came in 1984 from director David Lynch, but was a critical and commercial failure, prompting many to suspect that the behemoth novel of being unadaptable.

However, the first Dune trailer has made fans cautiously optimistic that Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) might just have what it takes to bring Frank Herbert’s vision into live-action.

Here’s everything you need to know about Dune:

When is Dune’s release date?

Dune is currently scheduled for release on 18th December 2020, although this could very well be changed in the coming weeks.

Due to Tenet’s somewhat underwhelming performance at the box office and concerns over a possible spike in COVID-19 cases this winter, some have speculated the film could be delayed until 2021.

The fact there is no release date listed in the recently revealed trailer has only fuelled those suspicions.

We’ll keep this page up to date with Dune release date information as it comes in.

Dune cast

If it wasn’t enough to have one of the most influential sci-fi books ever written as source material, Dune also boasts an incredible all-star cast that has film fans very excited.

Timothee Chalamet takes the lead role as Paul Atreides. His previous roles include critically acclaimed turns in Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird and Little Women.

Oscar Isaac plays his father Duke Leto, the patriarch of House Atreides, while Mission: Impossible’s Rebecca Ferguson plays his partner Lady Jessica, a follower of the Bene Gesserit way of life.

Josh Brolin (Deadpool 2) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) play Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho respectively, loyal staff to the Atreides family.

Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home) has been cast as Chani, a mysterious person who Paul has visions of and eventually encounters in the Arrakeen desert.

Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl) has been cast as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the sworn enemy of the House Atreides who is briefly glimpsed in the recent trailer.

Rounding out this impeccable cast are Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling and Javier Bardem.

Is there a trailer for Dune?

There certainly is and it has got the internet talking. The epic three-minute trailer introduces you to Frank Herbert’s richly detailed sci-fi universe and the characters therein, including Paul Atreides, Chani, Duke Leto and Duncan Idaho.

How does Dune compare to the book?

So far so good! Those who have read the original book will spot a number of familiar scenes and concepts in the recent trailer, with many praising the casting as absolutely spot-on.

One minor change is that the character of Dr Liet-Kynes, a planetologist on the planet Arrakis, has been changed from a man in the book to a woman in the film, portrayed by Sex Education‘s Sharon Duncan-Brewster.

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune will adapt roughly the first half of Frank Herbert’s original Dune novel, with plans for a sequel to complete the story down the line.

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