On Friday Warner Bros. announced that filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s big-budget sci-fi adaptation of Dune will open on Nov. 20, 2020 in IMAX and 3D. The all-star cast for the Legendary film includes Timothee Chalamet as the lead character, Paul Atreides, as well as Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. Jason Momoa, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac are also in talks to join the cast.
Dune is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 novel, which is set in the far futures and tells a sprawling tale of betrayal and intrigue set on the desert planet of Arrakis, which features a rare and valuable spice drug coveted throughout the galaxy. Villeneuve’s adaptation is expected to begin filming in the spring in locations such as Budapest and Jordan. The director penned the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, and is is also producing along with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter.
In Dune, Rebecca Ferguson plays Lady Jessica, the mother to Chalamet’s character. She recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about portraying a member of the Bene Gesserit, a powerful and ancient order of women in the Dune universe. “There’s a calm empowerment to being the Bene Gesserit that she is,” Ferguson said.