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'Dune' to world premiere at Venice Film Festival in September

Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides in the new film Dune. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides in the new film "Dune." File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 17 (UPI) -- Dune will make its world premiere at the 78th annual Venice Film Festival in September.

The festival confirmed Thursday that the new sci-fi film will screen out-of-competition Sept. 3 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema. The festival runs Sept. 1-11.

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Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049), who co-wrote the screenplay with John Spaihts and Eric Roth. The film is based on the Frank Herbert novel of the same name, which David Lynch previously adapted as a 1984 film.

The new movie stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.

Dune follows Paul Atreides (Chalamet), the son of a noble family tasked with protecting the dangerous but valuable planet Arrakis.

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"As malevolent forces explore into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of one 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," an official synopsis reads.

Momoa, who plays Duncan Idaho in Dune, said in the December issue of Men's Health that he was nervous and intimidated on the film's set.

"Knowing Denis picked me to play this role, I've never been this nervous," the actor said.

Warner Bros. Pictures released a first trailer for Dune in September.

Dune opens in theaters and starts streaming on HBO Max on Oct. 1.

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