Shooting in Arabia; The New ‘Dune’ Adaptation and its Surreal Scenes of the UAE and Jordan’s Deserts
Our excitement for this already-exciting movie just got a little boost. The cast of one of the most anticipated movies of 2020, the sci-fi adventure film ‘Dune’, went on a trip to shoot in the deserts of the UAE’s Abu Dhabi and Jordan’s Wadi Rum. Based on Frank Herbert’s Hugo Award-winning novel, this Hollywood blockbuster is directed by Denis Villeneuve, and will be taking over cinema screens on December 18, helping us end 2020 in the best possible way!
‘Dune’, which is a remake of the 1984 sci-fi classic, tells the story of a young royal who upholds stewardship of ‘Arrakis’, a desert planet, and its most valuable product, a drug called ‘Spice’. Villeneuve was keen on shooting in “the real environment”, to inspire the cast while filming, and let the audience live the true experience and embrace it. The cast was fascinated by the mesmerizing views in the desert, and the beauty of the sweeping dunes, in Jordan’s Wadi Rum and the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. Among other shooting locations was Budapest, Hungary.
The star-studded cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, and Dave Bautista. Scroll down for a sneak-peak into the shooting of the film in the UAE and Jordan, and watch the trailer too.