Dune movie is ‘epic adventure’ with ‘OVERWHELMING cast’ says its Star Wars cinematographer

This Christmas sees the release of the long-awaited new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic Dune. The two-part blockbuster is expected to be Game of Thrones in space with all the scope of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Now its cinematographer Greig Fraser has spoken out on what fans can expect.

Fraser has been DP on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and three Mandalorian episodes and says he’s been trying to forget that franchise so Dune could be its own thing.

Now on lockdown, while Matt Reeves’ Batman movie can’t shoot, Fraser teased just how incredible Dune is expected to be.

Speaking with Collider, the cinematographer spoke of it being its own “fully standalone epic film” despite being part one of two of the novel’s story.

He said: “It was quite an adventure visually.”


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Fraser continued: “It was a beautiful experience making it.

“The people involved with it, I was overwhelmed.”

The DP enthused just how “insanely talented” and “lovely” the A-list cast was.

To give you an idea of who he was talking about, Dune stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Artreides and Rebecca Ferguson as his mother Lady Jessica.

Dune also stars Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård and Dave Bautista.

Additionally, it features Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.

The official synopsis reads: “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.

“[He] must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.”

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It adds: “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.”

Speaking with Vanity Fair, Chalamet said: “The immediately appealing thing about Paul was the fact that in a story of such detail and scale and world-building, the protagonist is on an anti-hero’s-journey of sorts.

“He thinks he’s going to be sort of a young general studying his father and his leadership of a fighting force before he comes of age, hopefully, a decade later, or something like that.”

After seeing the first footage in January, Canadian author Brian FH Clement tweeted: “I was in a work meeting today and got to see some promo/preview footage of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, and I am ON BOARD with it. I think it looks fantastic.”

Clement continued: “I’m not exaggerating when I say a lot of people will have goosebumps/tears when they see this movie (I might!). Heck, when they see the footage I saw they will.

“To be honest, it’s not exactly how I pictured the universe of Dune when I first read the book (it never will be) but that’s a good thing. I really like the look Villeneuve has created and I think it’s going to be spectacular.

“I think this will blow people away the way LOTR did 20 years ago, the way Star Wars did 40 years ago. It’s not Jodorowsky or Lynch, but maybe Villeneuve has filmed the unfilmable.”

Dune will be released in UK cinemas on December 18, 2020.

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