'Dune': 9 Things to Know Before You Watch

To make sure you're ready for the events to come, we have the 9 things you need to know before you go see "Dune" in theaters this weekend.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Dune: 9 Things to Know Before You Watch

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A war of epic proportions is upon us as the members of House Atreides make their way to the desert planet of Arrakis in "Dune." Of all the films that have been coming out this season, this one begs to be viewed on the big screen. Actors Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya stand at the forefront of this film as the battle for Arrakis begins. So, to ensure that you have all the info. you need, we've pulled together the 9 things you need to know before you go watch "Dune" this weekend in theaters.

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    Adapted from the 1965 Novel of the Same Name

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    The futuristic war taking place on the planet Arrakis this weekend in "Dune" is a battle that started on the page before the big screen. In 1965, author Frank Herbert wrote the sci-fi novel of the same name, which is where this new flick was adapted from. The book even won a Nebula Award for Best Novel. A few filmmakers have tried to adapt this film already. Cult film legend Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to produce a film based on the novel in the 1970s. But the production was eventually canceled due to budget changes. David Lynch was able to adapt the novel in the original 1984 "Dune." But it paled in comparison to the book (although it definitely had its eccentric charms).

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    Directed by Denis Villeneuve

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    "Blade Runner 2049" and "Sicario" director Denis Villeneuve is at the helm of this dystopian behemoth. With Villeneuve calling the shots, we can expect a pretty out of this world experience. Villeneuve is certainly going by the book and staying true to almost all of the source material. But it's also been noted that he'll be taking some creative liberties of his own in reimagining Herbert's novel. For instance, it's been mentioned that he'll be changing the race and genders of certain characters. Most notably, he made the decision to change Dr. Liet Kynes from a white male to a woman of color.

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    There's No Connection to David Lynch's 1984 Film "Dune"

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    As we mentioned, this isn't the first movie adaptation of Herbert's novel "Dune." But one of the things you should know is that David Lynch's "Dune" had absolutely no influence on this new film. Of course, there will be some similarities. Both of these films are based on the same book. But Villeneuve made it very clear that he had a different vision for "Dune." When talking to Yahoo, the director said, "David Lynch did an adaptation in the '80s that has some very strong qualities. I mean, David Lynch is one of the best filmmakers alive. I have massive respect for him. But when I saw his adaptation, I was impressed, but it was not what I had dreamed of. So, I'm trying to make the adaptation of my dreams."

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    Features an All-Star Cast

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    There are only so many films where you can already predict that they'll receive an ensemble cast award nomination. And we're telling you that this will be one of them. This extraordinary cast includes names like Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, and Zendaya. With so many huge names in this film, it should be a thrill to see them go up against each other. Not only in war, but just as actors performing at the top of their game. Pretty much every demographic you could think of is covered when you combine all of these names (plus franchises - MCU, DCEU, Star Wars, you name it). We're beyond excited to see them all on the battlefield.

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    Scored by Hans Zimmer

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    If you're lucky enough to convince legendary music composer Hans Zimmer to be in charge of scoring your film, you're setting yourself up for greatness. He specializes in taking audiences from their seats to another universe through his powerful, intense, and moving compositions. The "Interstellar" composer will now be creating music themed for a dangerous desert planet known as Arrakis. Zimmer and Villeneuve also worked together on "Blade Runner 2049." So, they both already have some experience inspiring new worlds through film and music. Zimmer's most recent work can be seen in Daniel Craig's final Bond film "No Time to Die."

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    It's House Atreides vs. the Harkonnens

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    This war for the planet Arrakis will be fought between the members of House Atreides and House Harkonnen. House Atreides consists of actors Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Josh Brolin. Whereas House Harkonnen has actors Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, and David Dastmalchian. House Atreides has been tasked with defending and protecting the planet Arrakis from the Harkonnens who desperately want to obtain every last bit of its spice. Spice is a priceless substance that extends human life. Spice is also necessary for interstellar travel. In the wrong hands, it could make the Harkonnens the rulers of the universe.

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    The Fremen Will Play a Big Role in This War

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    Though the war will be fought by the two houses, the Fremen will be an extremely crucial part of it. One of the things you might not know is that the Fremen are the native population of Arrakis in "Dune." They're the true inhabitants of this planet. And because the Harkonnens seek to take over Arrakis, the Fremen will need to form an alliance with House Atreides. So, they'll be joining this war as well. Some of the actors the Fremen playing the Fremen include Zendaya, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and Javier Bardem.

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    Watch Out For Massive Monsters

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    If you've seen the trailer for "Dune," then one of the things you've seen is that there are some colossal creatures hiding beneath the sand. These sandworms are scattered all across this desert planet waiting for the right opportunity to rise to the ground and swallow everyone whole. With every frame in which they appear, your stomach will drop just the same. If you really want to get the full effect of these gigantic worms, then you need to make sure that you catch this conflict in a theater.

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    It's Meant to Be Seen in True IMAX

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    For almost any film, the ideal way to experience it is on the big screen. But for this film in particular, it should ONLY be experienced on the big screen (save it for HBO Max later). One of the things you should know about "Dune" is that the film is certified through the new “Filmed in IMAX” program, according to THR. Because of this new partnership, Villeneuve and cinematographer Greig Fraser were able to use ARRI's Alexa LF digital camera. With this kind of equipment, they're able to deliver an IMAX quality experience. Usually, films are converted to the IMAX format through a remastering process during postproduction. This is one of the select films this year that has been filmed differently. See "Dune" big. See it now. See it in IMAX if you possibly can.

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Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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