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Hans Zimmer to compose music for all the fancy people in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune

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Having gobbled up Hollywood’s stockpile of bankable stars, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is now siccing its sandworms on behind-the-scenes talent. As Consequence Of Sound reports, Hans Zimmer, the prolific composer behind The Lion King, Gladiator, and several of Christopher Nolan films, will provide some lush, enveloping sonics for the film. Previously, Zimmer worked with Villeneuve on 2017's Blade Runner 2049.


News of Zimmer’s involvement arrives with the announcement that Dune has officially begun production, meaning that Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, and Charlotte Rampling are all shaking sand out of their shoes about now. Also, they’ll be joined by a few new cast members in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon star Chang Chen, who will play Dr. Wellington Yueh, and Fences’ Stephen Henderson, whose role has yet to be discolsed.

Warner Bros. has also released an officially synopsis for the film, as based on a screenplay by Villeneuve, Eric Roth, and Jon Spaihts. Read it below.

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 arrives on November 20th, 2020.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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