Expect an avalanche of publicity now as Warner Bros. face the unenviable task of fitting an entire years worth of marketing for Dune into three months. A trailer is imminent and the interviews are coming thick and fast. Socially distanced junkets surely follow.
Timothee Chalamet and Oscar Isaac have spoken to Empire magazine about their experiences on the movie. Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, son of a powerful Duke whose family find themselves at the centre of a galactic conspiracy over the spice melange, the only known substance that allows interstellar travel.
Chalamet talks about director Denis Villeneuve deciding against green screen wherever possible and instead shooting on location in the Wadi Rum desert located in southern Jordan, familiar to fans of Lawrence of Arabia:
“That part of the Wadi Rum is so awe-inspiring, you might as well be getting chased by that cliff in the background. 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. That was a lesson for me. On a Call Me By Your Name or Beautiful Boy it can be counter-intuitive to see the storyboards because then maybe you limit yourself based on a camera angle or whatever.
It’s the opposite [on Dune] because, for a sequence with the sandworm chasing you, I could never imagine that.”
In the same magazine Oscar Isaac says the film is quite relevant to modern society:
“It’s about the destiny of a people, and the different way that cultures have dominated other ones.
How do a people respond when it’s at the tipping point, when enough is enough, when they’re exploited? All those things are things we’re seeing around the world right now.”
The project movie also shot in Hungary and Norway, both in studios and on location.
Rebecca Ferguson stars as Paul’s Bene Gesserit mother Lady Jessica, Josh Brolin as sword-master Gurney Halleck, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Zendaya as Chani, Sharon Duncan-Brewster Liet-Kynes, and Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho.
Trailer will arrive September 9th ahead of a still planned December release. This is pending, of course, any major COVID rises or disastrous news from Tenet box-office.
Here are the new images, courtesy of the fine movie organ that is Empire.