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By Kelvin Owens

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that filming is officially underway on Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” reboot with shooting ti take place in Budapest, Hungary and Jordan. In addition, it has been announced that Hans Zimmer will provide the film’s score.

Set in the distant future, the story follows Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) whose noble family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only planet capable of producing the highly valuable resource known as the spice melange which allows for space travel, control of Arrakis is highly contested amongst the noble families. When the Atreides are betrayed, Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control.

The press release confirms all the casting so far including Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s parents, Zendaya as love interest Chani, Javier Bardem as the Fremen leader Stilgar, Josh Brolin as warmaster and mentor Gurney, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh, Stellan Skarsgard as the villain Baron Harkonnen with Dave Bautista as his murderous nephew Glossu Rabban, David Dastmalchian as the Harkonnen’s advisor Piter De Vries, and Charlotte Rampling as the Reverend Mother Mohiam.

Additionally, Stephen Henderson (“Lady Bird,” “Fences”) has scored an unknown role. On the crew side there’s cinematographer Greig Fraser (“Rogue One,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), editor Joe Walker (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”), costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Revenant,” “Quills”), production designer Patrice Vermette (“Sicario,” “Arrival”), VFX supervisor Paul Lambert (“First Man,” “Blade Runner 2049”), stunt co-ordinator Tom Struthers (“The Dark Knight,” “Inception”) and Kevin J. Anderson as creative consultant.

Sadly no mention of the other key half dozen roles still to fill, including the big ones like Feyd, Emperor Shaddam IV & Princess Irulan.

Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts wrote the script for the film which opens November 20th 2020.