DUNE

Canada/Hungary/USA, 2021

director.gif (905 bytes)Denis Villeneuve

CAST

Timothée Chalamet - Paul Atreides
Rebecca Ferguson - Lady Jessica
Oscar Isaac - Duke Leto Atreides
Josh Brolin - Gurney Halleck
Stellan Skarsgård - Baron Harkonnen
Dave Bautista - Glossu Rabban
Stephen M. Henderson - Thufir Hawat
Zendaya - Chani
David Dastmalchian - Piter De Vries
Chang Chen - Dr. Wellington Yueh
Sharon Duncan-Brewster - Dr. Liet-Kynes
Charlotte Rampling - Gaius Helen Mohiam
Jason Momoa -Duncan Idaho
Javier Bardem - Stilgar


 PREMIERE  DATE

Venice Film Festival
September 3, 2021


U.S. PREMIERE DATE

New York Film Festival
October 7, 2021

U.S. THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE

October 22, 2021

 


SYNOPSIS

In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, "the spice", a drug which extends human life, provides super-human levels of thought, and makes faster-than-light travel practical. Though Leto knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is made perilous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.

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button_box.gif (205 bytes)STELLAN'S PERFORMANCE:

"It certainly helps that Dune’s ensemble is both loaded with extreme talent, and is perfectly put together, which everyone flawlessly gets at the core of who they are playing... Stellan Skarsgard’s Baron Harkonnen is appropriately grotesque and horrifying; and both Javier Bardem and Zendaya deliver great turns as the hardened and determined Stilgar and Chani."    ...Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend

"As far as creepy accessories go, however, Dune has an abundance. They mostly go to Stellan Skarsgård, who seems to spend most of the movie in an alien bath or an alien steam room."   ...Adam Solomons, AwardsWatch

"A near-unrecognizable Stellan Skarsgård - a slovenly mix of Jabba the Hutt, Colonel Kurtz and the Emperor from Star Wars...Brian Truitt, USA Today

"Another thing that helps Dune overcome a few of its flaws is the casting. Beyond just the Atredies family, Villeneuve has filled Dune with very famous, talented actors who are a pleasure to watch. Some—like Jason Momoa as Atredies soldier Duncan Idaho and Stellan Skarsgård as the evil Baron Harkonnen—have excellent roles in this movie."   ...Film critic Germain Lussier, io9.com

"Stellan Skarsgård, nearly unrecognizable as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who’s like a floating homicidal Jabba the Hutt crossed with Henry VIII crossed with Fat Bastard, sets the plot in motion, reclaiming Arrakis by trying to kill off just about everyone in the movie who most holds our attention."  ...Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"Stellan Skarsgård’s hideous slug-like Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a superb antagonist, part Jabba the Hutt, part Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, as he plots the downfall of Leto and his clan with a violent and bloody coup."   ...James Mottram, Total Film

"Stellan Skarsgård makes no attempt to hide the cheeky Marlon Brando impression he’s doing as the Kurtz-like Baron, the rotund, villainous head of House Harkonnen." ...Tim Grierson, Screen Daily