Denis Villeneuve has finished filming on his big-budget adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic “Dune” for Warner Bros. Pictures, an epic tale with a truly astonishing cast.
One of its talents is Stellan Skarsgard who plays the lead villain of Baron Harkonnen and stars alongside the likes of Timothee Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, David Dastmalchian and Zendaya.
Skarsgard just attended the Toronto International Film Festival to promote the relationship drama “Hope” and spoke briefly with Collider about what it was like to work with Villeneuve on “Dune”:
“I’ve always wanted to work with him partly because he’s such a wonderful man, but also because he’s a brilliant director. It’s fun when you get one of those big sci-fi movies and you know it’s going to be directed by a true filmmaker. It’s not going to be directed by the studio. It seemed like they were giving him pretty free hands. And you have to, because his personal stamp on the film is paramount for the success of it… What he’s really good at is creating this strange atmosphere with his imagery and this cinematic poetry that is his trademark and that will add so much richness to the pretty simple story.”
Skarsgard also says he spent around “seven hours in make-up every day because I had to be really fat.” The new “Dune” scheduled to hit cinemas on December 18th 2020 and Villeneuve is also attached to direct the pilot episode of a TV series tie-in called “Dune: The Sisterhood”.