LONDON, Oct. 11 (Reuters) – Denis Villeneuve hopes to woo fans of Frank Herbert’s epic 1965 sci-fi novel “Dune” and introduce new ones to history with his gigantic film adaptation, the most difficult production in the career of the Canadian director.
Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya star in the highly anticipated film, which hits US and UK cinemas later this month and follows past attempts to bring Herbert’s 400-page book to the big screen.
Set in the future where noble families rule the planetary fiefdoms, the story follows Paul Atreides (Chalamet), whose father assumes stewardship of the planet Arrakis, known as Dune by his native Fremen people and contested for. its unique spice food found in its inhospitable desert.
“It was by far the most difficult thing I have done in my life,” Villeneuve, known for “Blade Runner 2049” and “Sicario”, told Reuters.
“I had to find a balance between the people who had read the book… I wanted them to really feel that it was a deep homage to the spirit of the book. At the same time, I wanted people who didn’t know anything. by the pound to feel welcome in the world, not left out. “
The two-and-a-half-hour film, described as the first part of the story, is Chalamet’s biggest project to date, something that he says helped him understand Paul’s character by overcoming his fears. .
“(I have) never been in a project of this size before,” said Chalamet. “Sometimes the things you feel on set can spill over into the natural arc or the progression of a story.”
Villeneuve’s “Dune” follows Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unsuccessful attempt in the mid-1970s and David Lynch’s 1984 version.
With awe-inspiring landscapes and a dark mood, critics hailed this film as a visual spectacle in critics.
“It’s a book that was the source of many bigger ideas like ‘Star Wars’,” said actor Josh Brolin, who plays Weapons Master Gurney.
“The movie was shot at different times with different technological possibilities. And now we are in such a technologically advanced time that we can see this version.”
Javier Bardem, who plays tribal leader Fremen Stilgar, said the atmosphere on set was relaxed.
“I never felt that pressure on (Villeneuve) when he was working with us,” he said. “It’s huge, and I wouldn’t be able to hold it back on my own and have the humor, the joy and the attitude he had on set.”
Villeneuve has said it is too early to talk about Part 2, but Zendaya is hopeful that her character Chani, who appears in Paul’s visions, will be explored further.
“Anyone who knows the books (knows) that there is so much to discover and there is so much to come,” she said.
“This is really just the beginning. So I hope we can stick with these characters a little longer.”
Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Susan Fenton
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