4 Things You Need To Know About 'Dune' Before Watching It In Cinemas

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There's nothing quite like watching a Hollywood blockbuster on the big screen, kan?

Some movies just have be experienced in the cinema. The dimmed lights, the larger-than-life screen, the surround sound... ahhh, it's the best! Barulah can truly appreciate all the stunning details and be properly immersed in the movie. And of course, for ultimate enjoyment, must munch on caramel popcorn while watching, hehe.

But of course, please make sure to follow all the SOPs to keep yourself and your fellow movie-goers safe!

Upcoming release Dune is definitely a movie that has to be watched on the big screen, it just won't be the same watching it at home!

Check out the trailer below:

Set in the distant future, the movie tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man who must fulfil a great destiny beyond his understanding.

As evil forces fight to control the planet Arrakis' exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, Paul must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

Excited to watch dy? Here are four things you should know about Dune before catching it in cinemas:

1. The movie boasts a star-studded cast, including Academy Award winners and nominees whom you definitely know and love

Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides

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Here's a look at some of the cast and the characters they're playing:

Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
What you know Timothée Chalamet from: Call Me By Your Name, Little Women
Who Paul Atreides is: The royal heir to the noble House Atreides. Having spent his whole life preparing for the greatness that comes with his family name, he will have to leave his childhood homeworld behind for a new life on the most dangerous planet in the Known Universe.

Zendaya as Chani
What you know Zendaya from: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far from Home, HBO's Euphoria
Who Chani is: A young Fremen woman and Paul's love interest. Born in Dune and raised in the ways of the Fremen, she is a confident and dangerous warrior.

Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho
What you know Jason Momoa from: Aquaman, Justice League, HBO's Game of Thrones
Who Duncan Idaho is: The swordmaster of House Atreides and one of Paul's mentors. A legendary Swordmaster and virtuoso warrior, he possibly is House Atreides' deadliest weapon.

Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho

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Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides
What you know Oscar Issac from: The Star Wars sequel trilogy, X-Men: Apocalypse
Who Duke Leto Atreides is: Paul's father and the Duke of House Atreides. He is a noble leader guided by duty to his people and love for his family.

Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica
What you know Rebecca Ferguson from: Stephen King's Doctor SleepMission: Impossible – Fallout
Who Lady Jessica is: Paul's mother and Duke Leto's concubine. As a member of the mysterious Sisterhood known as the Bene Gesserit, she is a master of body and mind, and is fiercely protective of her family.

Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
What you know Josh Brolin from: The Goonies, Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame
Who Gurney Halleck is: The weapons master of House Atreides and one of Paul's mentors. A defiant, battle-forged warrior, he will do whatever it takes to protect House Atreides.

Josh Brolin (left) as Gurney Halleck and Timothée Chalamet (right) as Paul Atreides

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Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
What you know Stellan Skarsgård from: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Mamma Mia!, Thor
Who Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is: The Baron of House Harkonnen. In contrast to House Atreides, this greedy tyrant is determined to exploit the natural resources of Dune, no matter the cost to its people.

Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban
What you know Dave Bautista from: Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre
Who Glossu Rabban is: Baron Harkonnen's nephew. Tasked with securing the Baron's empire by any means necessary, he is a brutal force of nature, prone to explosive bouts of rage.

Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr Liet-Kynes
What you know Sharon Duncan-Brewster from: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Netflix's Sex Education
Who Dr Liet-Kynes is: The Imperial ecologist and judge of the change on Arrakis. As the foremost expert on the Dune and the ways of its people, her relationship to the planet goes beyond mere duty.

Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr Liet-Kynes

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Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat
What you know Stephen McKinley Henderson from: Fences, Lady Bird
Who Thufir Hawat is: The Mentat (a highly-trained strategist whose mind has the infinite processing power of a supercomputer) of House Atreides. A master of psychological warfare, he is the head of House Atreides' security division.

David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries
What you know David Dastmalchian from: Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight
Who Thufir Hawat is: The Mentat of House Harkonnen. Always staying one step ahead of his fierce rival, Thufir Hawat, he uses the cunning and venom of his poisoned mind to do Baron Harkonnen’s bidding.

Chang Chen as Dr Wellington Yueh
What you know Chang Chen from: Mr. Long, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Who Dr Wellington Yueh is: The trusted House physician for the Atreides royal family. More than just a doctor, he values human life above all and cares for the Atreides family like his own.

Chang Chen as Dr Wellington Yueh

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Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam
What you know Charlotte Rampling from: 45 YearsAssassin's Creed
Who Gaius Helen Mohiam is: A Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother and the Emperor's Truthsayer. Able to see what humanity is capable of, she directs her stern gaze of judgement towards the young Paul Atreides.

Javier Bardem as Stilgar
What you know Javier Bardem from: No Country for Old MenSkyfall
Who Stilgar is: The leader of the Fremen tribe at Sietch Tabr. Revered as a man of great wisdom, he is willing to do anything to protect the life and culture of his people.

2. It's an adaptation of a best-selling novel — Dune by American author Frank Herbert

Timothée Chalamet (right) as Paul Atreides and Zendaya (left) as Chani

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Back in 1965, the science fiction novel was originally published as two separate serials in Analog magazine.

It received notable awards, including the Hugo Award in 1966 and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel, also in that same year. Plus, in 2003, it was said to be the world's best-selling science fiction novel.

Dune marks the first instalment in the Dune saga, after which five sequels follow — Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune.

3. Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve, whose previous work includes Arrival and Blade Runner 2049

Oscar Isaac (right) as Duke Leto Atreides and Josh Brolin (left) as Gurney Halleck

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Ever since reading the original novel when he was about 12 years old, adapting Dune for the big screen has been a lifelong dream for Villeneuve. Wanting to make a faithful adaptation, he first worked on sci-fi movies Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, in order to gain experience in the genre before working on Dune.

As the novel is complex and filled with intricate details, Villeneuve aims to adapt it into a two-part film series, with the upcoming movie being the first instalment.

In working with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth on the screenplay, the trio updated elements of the 1965 novel to better suit the 21st century. Besides reflecting on realities relating to overexploitation of the Earth, other changes include tweaking some of the female characters' arcs.

4. With renowned composer Hans Zimmer helming the movie's music, you can bet that the soundtrack will be incredible

Rebecca Ferguson (left) as Lady Jessica and Oscar Isaac (right) as Duke Leto Atreides

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As a big fan of the novel, Zimmer actually turned down working with Christopher Nolan on Tenet to score Dune instead!

For the movie's first trailer, he supervised and virtually conducted a 32-person choir via FaceTime to record a cover of Pink Floyd's Eclipse. Listening to that alone should give you a taste of how amazing the music in the movie is going to be.

A total of three soundtrack albums will be released for the film — The Dune Sketchbook (Music from the Soundtrack), Dune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), and The Art and Soul of Dune.

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