A sci-fi classic comes to life with ‘Dune’

  • Starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac and more, this long awaited film will finally hit cinemas after delays during Covid-19
  • Viewers can also expect an epic score from ‘Inception’ and ‘Dark Knight’ composer Hans Zimmer
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Timothee Chalamet, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in a scene from “Dune”. Photo: Chia Bella James/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP

The long-awaited sci-fi epic Dune will finally hit theatres on Thursday, after a year of delays due to Covid-19.

Adapted from the 1965 science-fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert, Dune tells the story of a young man in the distant future who is charged with safekeeping a precious resource called melange.

Also known as spice, melange extends human life, gives you superhuman thinking capabilities, and makes it possible to travel faster than light. However, it desperately needs to be protected, both from giant sandworms and people who wish to take control of the most valuable substance in the universe.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film adaptation covers roughly the first half of the novel (technically, this film is called Dune: Part One) and consists of an all-star cast including Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, and Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides.

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Themes like fear, free will and fate weigh heavily in Dune. Though Atreides is uncertain he can handle the weight of the expectations placed on him, his father Leto (Oscar Isaac) tells him: “A great man doesn’t seek to lead. He’s called to it.”

Fans can also expect an epic film score from the prolific composer Hans Zimmer, winner of four Grammy Awards and an Academy Award. Zimmer is known as the man who created the music for filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s masterpieces Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy. He skipped out on Tenet, however, choosing to spend his time composing the score for Dune – which he cites as a favourite book from his teen years.

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