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9 Book To Movie Adaptations For 2021 – Your Ultimate Guide To Upcoming Adaptations

2020 was certainly the year for reading; when life gets unpredictable, books are always there to ground us. And now, a new batch of stories we love are being adapted to film in the coming year. Here is a list of nine movie adaptations of some of our favorite books to expect in 2021!

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‘Dune’: A Story of Exploitation

A film adaptation of Dune, the 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, is going to debut in theaters this December 18th. With its last theatrical release in 1984, director Denis Villeneuve is updating the epic for a new generation, focusing more on the politics found in the book, or more specifically, the ever present theme of exploitation, for as with any good sci-fi, it has a comment to make about our own world.

 

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Set in the far future amidst a feudal interstellar civilization where noble families control planetary fiefs, Dune follows Leto Atreides, whose family accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis. While the planet is an inhospitable and sparsely populated desert wasteland, it is the only source of melange, or “the spice”, a drug that extends life and enhances mental abilities. Leto is forced to become the planet Arrakis’ governor, but faces opposition from the Fremen – the planet’s indigenous population – and this is where its theme of exploitation is explored.

 

 

For Oscar Issac, the actor that will be playing Leto Atreides, Dune‘s relevance to the real world is powerfully clear:

It’s about the destiny of a people, and the different way that cultures have dominated other ones. How do a people respond when it’s at the tipping point, when enough is enough, when they’re exploited? All those things are things we’re seeing around the world right now.

From Nestlé using child labor in their Ghana and Ivory Coast-based cocoa farms to Apple providing the people of Zhengzhou, China with conditions in their factories so poor that many workers have allegedly attempted to commit suicide, exploitation of far away lands is unfortunately still a very real problem. While we may no longer be living in the days when nations hostilely took land and subjected the local populace to forced labor, you could make the very real argument that imperialism is still alive and well, just reformed to fit with our modern moral sensibilities.

 

 

Science fiction is the genre that holds a mirror up to contemporary society, and while Dune covers a wide variety of themes, from the decline of empires to the dynamics of gender, arguably its most important theme is its commentary on capitalism unchecked by moral conscious.

 

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Zendaya Reveals New ‘Dune’ Vanity Fair Photos

Zendaya’s latest Instagram post gives fans a sneak peak of Chani, her role in the upcoming movie Dune. This comes just days after Vanity Fair released a first look photo of Timothée Chalamet as the film’s lead, Paul Atreids.

Zendaya is a Disney star turned serious actor, most recently featured in the Spider-Man: Homecoming series, The Greatest Showman, and the hit HBO show Euphoria. In January 2019, she was cast as Chani in the upcoming Dune movie, set to be released in December 2020. 

Her Instagram post features two photos of her character, Chani, in the movie. Tagging Vanity Fair in the post, Zendaya captions the photos with a single word: “Dune.”

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Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name, a science-fiction bestseller set in the distant future. The book follows Paul Atreids, the heir to a noble family on the planet Arrakis, where they must rule an inhospitable world. The book has five sequels and is often hailed as the greatest science fiction novel of all time. Instead of squeezing the book into a single film, the adaptation will span two movies.

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Other stars of the film include Timothée Chalamet, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista, and Javier Bardem. More exclusive photos from the movie can be found on the Vanity Fair website.

We can only hope the Dune movie will be as well-done as the book, but these first-look photos certainly look promising!

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First Look at Timothée Chalamet in ‘Dune’ Adaptation

Timothée Chalamet, the actor from Lady Bird, Little Women, and The King is now set to star in Dune, a new Science-Fiction movie adaptation.

Timothee Chalamet will star as Paul Atreids, the main character from author Frank Hebert’s novel by the same name Dune. Denis Villeneuve is set to direct the film which is coming out in December 18th 2020. 

 

Vanity Fair has released a first look photo from the new film, which you can see down below. It features Paul standing on the beach of Caladan.

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This is going to be a star studded feature film with actors such as Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista and Javier Bardem already on board.

Dune was already adapted into a film before in 1984, by David Lynch, but with mixed reviews. Hopefully, this one will be better! I mean, it should be, considering it’s amazing cast!

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