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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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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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Off Broadway Production of ‘Three Sisters’ Cast

Anton Chekhov’s play, Three Sisters, is coming to Broadway. The play was originally written in 1900, and it centers on a conflict between illusions and reality, as well as three sisters who aren’t capable of changing their lives, but instead are squandering them in a provincial town. The very first performance of the play took place at the Moscow Art Theater and it is considered one of Chekhov’s best plays. Now, it is being adapted into an off Broadway production by Sam Gold, who will be the director. Clare Barron will be writing the screenplay.

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The actresses who will be portraying the sisters are Quincy Tyler Bernstine, who will be playing Olga, Irina will be played by Lola Kirke, and Greta Gerwig will be portraying Masha. Bernstine is an Obie Award winner, Kirke was in the hit movie based on the novel of the same name, Gone Girl, and Gerwig was just nominated for an Oscar for directing the (Oscar nominated) movie, Little Women. Gerwig isn’t only the award winner on the cast. Oscar Issac, of Star Wars fame, won a Golden Globe, and Steve Buscemi is a Golden Globe and Emmy award winner. Issac will be playing Vershinin, and Buscemi will be portraying Chebutykin.

 

Tony award winner Tony Ramos will be doing the costume design, and Andrew Liberman will be doing the set design, along with Brett J. Banakis. They, with others, will help bring this play to life once again. This will be the third reimagining of this play, and previews for it will begin on May 13, which is ahead of original date of June 1. It will run until July 12. Be sure to get tickets before then!

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Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac to Star in Chekhov ‘Three Sisters’

Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac are going to star in a production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

 

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Written in 1900 and first performed in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre, this infamous Chekhov play follows Olgathe twenty-eight-year-old matriarchal figure of the Prozorov family, Masha, the twenty-three-year-old sister and young mother, and Irina, the twenty-year-old sister who is convinced she is an adult and deserves to be treated as such. They are used to living life as a cultural elite, but a storm is on the horizon in the form of a revolution. Where will they land?

A play about family and class upheavals, this play is synonymous with Chekhov as much as Uncle Vanya is.

 

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Which makes it big news when Tony-winning director Sam Gold got both Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac to stay in this Off Broadway production. It isn’t the first time the three are working together, however, since Gold has directed for stars before, albeit in different plays.

Gold directed Gerwig in the 2014 Off Broadway production of The Village Bike at the Lucille Lortel Theater and Isaac in the 2017 Public Theater production of Hamlet, but this production of Chekhov’s play marks the first time all three will be working together.

 

Gret Gerwig
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After collaborating on numerous films by Joe Swanberg, from Hannah Takes the Stairs to Nights and Weekends, working with her partner Noah Baumbach on films from Frances Ha (which got her a Golden Globe nomination) to Mistress America, and being featured in films Maggie’s Plan and Jackie, Gerwig wrote and directed her solo debut Lady Bird.

This won her another Golden Globe and the 2017 Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

 

Oscar Isaac
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Oscar Isaac might be known for performances in films including X-Men: Apocalypse and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he has an extensive stage resume. Among other stage credits, he’s worked on productions for Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and appeared in the Manhattan Theater Club 2011 production of Zoe Kazan’s We Live Here opposite Amy Irving.

 

 

Luckily, Gold is no stranger to directing stars. The Tony Award winning director most recently directed English Actress and former Labour Party politician Glenda Jackson in a production of King Lear.

This announcement was made Tuesday. Reportedly, Three Sister will be one of the two final performances, the other being Endlings by Celine Song, that will round out the New York Theater Workshop’s 2019/20 season.

While there’s no word on who Gerwig and Isaac have been cast, performance schedules and additional casting are expected to be announced soon.

 

 

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