Rebecca Ferguson has a lot of new projects coming, but one that we are anticipating a bit extra is Dune. And to the joy of fans everywhere, the film has officially started filming! Denis Villeneuve will direct, Hans Zimmer create the score, and the cast? Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian , Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem and Chang Chen. Phew, that is quite the cast. Dune is being filmed on location in Budapest, Hungary, and in Jordan. The film is slated for a November 20, 2020 worldwide release. The official synopsis can be read below. What are your thoughts on Dune?
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
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.
Rebecca Ferguson is in negotiations to star opposite Timothee Chalamet in Dune, Legendary’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel being directed by Denis Villeneuve. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company is eyeing an early 2019 production start for the ambitious project, which Villeneuve is producing along with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter.
Dune, initially published in the 1960s, tackles political, religious and environmental themes through a sci-fi lens, telling the complex story of a fallen noble family’s attempt to control of a desert planet named Arrakis and its export, a rare spice drug, while being betrayed by a galactic emperor.
Chalamet is playing Paul Atreides, the son of the ruler of the family, who is forced to escape into the desert wastelands and partner with its nomadic tribes. Using enhanced mental abilities, he eventually rises to become their ruler, with the nomads believing he is their messiah, and leads an army to overthrow the empire. Ferguson will play Atreides’ mother, Lady Jessica, who escapes with him into the desert and helps him become a savior in their eyes. Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts wrote the script. Thomas Tull is executive producing along with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Author Kevin J. Anderson is serving as a creative consultant.
Rebecca is also part of the ensemble of the new Men In Black movie and is set to shoot the Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep later this year.