Even with the theatrical experience slowly returning, the release schedule is still shifting. Today, we’ve learned that Warner Bros is moving its fall slate around with its juggernaut blockbuster Dune moving to the end of October.
Previously set for October 1st, the Denis Villeneuve-directed film will now open on October 22nd. This will be more than a month after its world premiere at Venice Film Festival and its appearance at TIFF. The fall release is still perfect timing for the holiday season and upcoming awards season.
Dune is not opening on the 22nd of October alone though; two other major releases are set for that date. One of those films even features Timothée Chalamet, the star of Dune. The sci-fi film will now open the same day as Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Edgar Wright’s new horror film Last Night in Soho.
Warner Bros is also moving The Many Saints of Newark, which will now take the original spot held by Dune and move up one week. This shift also affects Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film Cry Macho, which is now slated for release on September 17th.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply 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.
Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) and sees Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) leading the cast alongside Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Dave Bautista (Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgard (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Charlotte Rampling (Red Sparrow), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Javier Bardem (Loving Pablo), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education), and Chang Chen (The Assassin).