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Behind the scenes footage from 'Dune' shoot in Abu Dhabi desert

Epic Films and Abu Dhabi Film Commission supported production logistics around a complex 11-day production, where Abu Dhabi’s stunning landscape doubled for the desert world of Arrakis in Denis Villeneuve’s eagerly awaited adaptation of Frank Herbert’s best-selling novel.
Behind the scenes footage from 'Dune' shoot in Abu Dhabi desert

As blockbuster Dune hits cinema screens across the region, exclusive footage of the filming in Abu Dhabi was released today detailing how the stunning landscape of Abu Dhabi was used for the iconic setting of the desert planet Arrakis in Denis Villeneuve’s adaption of Frank Herbert’s best-selling sci-fi novel.

The epic action-adventure movie, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, filmed at the Liwa desert over 11 days with a team of local and international talent. The film benefited from a rebate through Abu Dhabi Film Commission, while production services were provided by Epic Films, along with support from a number of UAE production partners, including twofour54, Go Aerials, Filmquip Media, FSTOP Location Services and EMAN Transport.

The exclusive behind-the-scenes footage shows the cast and crew on location for a sequence of key scenes set on Arrakis, where Dune’s thunderous action takes place.

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (played by super stylish Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding. Paul is forced to travel to Arrakis -- the most dangerous planet in the universe just so he can 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.

Villeneuve directed Dune from a screenplay written by him with Jon Spaihts and Oscar winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Oscar nominee Mary Parent (The Revenant), Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo Jr. produced the film. The executive producers were Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert.

The cast of Dune includes Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, with Charlotte Rampling, with Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. The film enjoyed its world premiere at this year's 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 3. Abu Dhabi hosted a private screening of Dune ahead of the regional theatrical release on September 23, 2021.

Dune is one of more than 110 major productions that have used Abu Dhabi as a location in recent years, benefiting from the diversity of its locations, pool of talented professionals, award-winning facilities and generous 30% cashback rebate. They include Hollywood hits such as Mission: Impossible, Star Wars and the Fast and Furious franchises, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog, and Netflix’s 6 Underground and War Machine.

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