DUNE Strongly Tipped To Launch Venice Film Festival; Star Dave Bautista Calls It A "Game-Changing" Film
Denis Villeneuve's Dune is currently scheduled for theatrical release this October, but those in attendance at the Venice Film Festival might just get to see the sci-fi adaptation a little earlier...
Variety reports that The Venice Film Festival is gearing up to take place as a "full-fledged physical event" this September, and is expected to run in-person only screenings with several high-profile films on the schedule.
Though Warner Bros. has yet to confirm, Denis Villeneuve's Dune is "strongly tipped" to launch the festival. The highly-anticipated sci-fi adaptation is currently set for a theatrical release on October 1, but journalists and film delegates will likely flock to The Lido in droves to catch an early look at the movie.
Army of the Dead star Dave Bautista will take on the role of Glossu "The Beast" Rabban Harkonnen in Dune, and clearly has high hopes for the film.
"It's gonna be world-changing," the former WWE Champion tells USA Today. "It's going to be a juggernaut of a film. The people who are “Dune” fans, they are so passionate about it. These characters and novels, (Villeneuve) did them justice and that really comes from him being a lifelong fan."
For those unfamiliar with the source material, Dune follows the Atreides family as they relocate to the desolate planet of Arrakis to assume control of the production of the most valuable resource in the galaxy, the Spice Melange. Unfortunately, an act of treachery soon makes an outcast of The Duke Atreides' youngest son Paul, and he must accept his destiny as a powerful prophet of the Arrakis natives known as The Fremen.
You'll find a breakdown of the main characters and who'll be playing them along with some of the previously released images below. We don't spoil any major events from the book, but if you'd rather go in knowing as little as possible, might be best to skip it!
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Paul Atreides is the primary protagonist of Dune.
Born on the planet Caladan to Duke Leto Atreides I and his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, Paul eventually travels to Arrakis and winds up becoming a Messiah-like figure to the desert planet's indigenous people, The Fremen. There, he meets and falls in love with a Fremen warrior named Chani, and is forced to choose between settling down with her and embracing the terrifying destiny glimpsed in his spice-induced visions.
Paul will be played by Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet.
Fremen warrior and Paul Areides' love interest, Chani is the daughter of half-Fremen planetologist Liet Kynes.
When Paul arrives on Arrakis, Chani is serving under Stilgar as his right-hand woman but soon falls for the mysterious young newcomer - even though she remains wary of the powerful prescient visions they share.
Spider-Man: Far From Home's Zendaya will play Chani in Villeneuve's film.
Lady Jessica Atreides
Lady Jessica is the official concubine of Duke Leto Atreides I, and the mother of his son Paul. She is also a member of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, and possesses powerful abilities.
Upon arriving on Arrakis, Jessica is welcomed into the ranks of The Fremen along with her son, and eventually accepts the position of new Reverend Mother, despite being aware of the potentially catastrophic repercussions of this action.
Jessica will be played by Mission: Impossible - Fallout star Rebecca Ferguson.
Duke Leto Atreides I
Paul's father Leto Atreides I starts out as the ruler of the planet Caladan, but when The Emperor asks him to take control of Arrakis and oversee spice production there, he relocates to the planet known as Dune with his son and concubine, Jessica.
Leto is generally well liked and respected by all of his subjects for his even-handed and compassionate leadership style, but this also leads to jealousy among his fellow noblemen of the other Great Houses.
This take on Leto Atreides will be brought to life by Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, X-Men: Apocalypse).
Stilgar Ben Fifrawi is the noble Naib (leader) of Sietch Tabr, a Fremen tribe of Arrakis, and one of Paul Atreides' most loyal allies.
When Leto and his family relocate to Dune, Stilgar and his people are wary of their motives at first but soon come to view The Duke's son Paul as the desert messiah of their ancient prophecies. Stilgar also strikes up a strong friendship with Duncan Idaho.
In Dune (2020), this character will be played by Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men, Mother!).
Duncan Idaho is a skilled swordmaster loyal to House Atreides who helps to train Paul in various combat styles.
In the novel, Leto sends Duncan to Arrakis as an envoy to get a read on the nomadic Fremen population. While there, Idaho strikes up a friendship with Stilgar and ultimately winds up pledging dual allegiance to the Atreides and the Fremen leader.
Aquaman star Jason Momoa has been cast as this fan-favorite character.
The ruthless, but noble Warmaster for House Atreides, Gurney Halleck was one of Paul's principal teachers along with Duncan during his early years on Caladan.
An exceptionally skilled warrior, Gurney is described as "an ugly lump of a man" in the source material, which may suggest that the actor who'll be playing him, Josh Brolin, will be undergoing a slight transformation for the role.