DUNE 2020 Will Be Nightmarish, Shocking & Scary

Arrival director Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the most anticipated films of 2020. To put it lightly. And today, Star Wars and Ex Machina star Oscar Isaac says this new version will be nightmarish, brutal, shocking, scary, and visceral.


Specifically, Isaac tells EW: “It’s just a wholly, wholly different thing. I couldn’t imagine anyone more suited for the tone of the original Frank Herbert novels than Denis. There are some things that are — for lack of a better word — nightmarish about what you see… There’s just this kind of brutalist element to it. It’s shocking. It’s scary. It’s very visceral.”

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Dune takes place in the year 10191, and centers on a spice called melange, the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source, the desert planet Arrakis. Arrakis is awarded to Duke Leto Atreides over his enemies, the Harkonnens. The Harkonnens then violently seize back Arrakis and it is up to Paul, Leto’s son, to lead the natives of Arrakis in a battle for control of the planet and its spice.

It stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban, Zendaya as Chani, David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, and Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh.

Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve and produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., and Villeneuve from a screenplay written by Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, and Villeneuve based on the novel(s) by Frank Herbert. Warner Bros. unleashes this reboot on December 18, 2020.