Villeneuve's Dune Reboot Has Officially Kicked Off Filming

Filming on Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's best-selling sci-fi novel, Dune, has officially begun.

According to Business Wire, cameras have started rolling on Legendary Pictures' reboot of Dune, with filming taking place on location in Budapest, Hungary and in Jordan. Released alongside the news that filming has begun was the official synopsis for the film, which can be read in its entirety below.

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"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."

Casting for Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune had been ramping up, with multiple high profile stars joining the cast in recent months alongside Academy Award-nominated Timothée Chalamet, who was cast in the lead role as Paul Atreides in July of last year. Villeneuve's Dune reboot is expected to span at least two films, with the first film covering approximately half of the novel.

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Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, Dune stars Timothée Chalament, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Baustista, David Dastmalchian, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Stephen Henderson and Josh Brolin. The first film has a scheduled release date of Nov. 20, 2020.

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