Stellan Skarsgård Says Denis Villeneuve Was Given “Free Hands” To Add His “Personal Stamp” To ‘Dune’

The Playlist | 9/19/2019 | Charles Barfield
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It’s a bit dismissive to look past every film being released over the next year-plus and only care about Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” but it’s very difficult to think that there’s another film in 2020 that could excite me more than what the “Blade Runner 2049” director is working on now. And thankfully, according to one of the actors involved in “Dune,” Villeneuve is being given all the freedom he needs to make a great film.

With incredible actors such as Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Rampling, and Stellan Skarsgård, the cast alone is worth the price of admission for “Dune.” However, in a new interview with Collider, Stellan Skarsgård says that it’s going to be the personal touch that Villeneuve adds to “Dune” that is going to make the film truly special.

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“I’ve always wanted to work with [Villeneuve] partly because he’s such a wonderful man, but also because he’s a brilliant director,” said Skarsgård. “It’s fun when you get one of those big sci-fi movies and you know it’s going to be directed by a true filmmaker.”

He continued, “It’s not going to be directed by the studio. It seemed like they were giving him pretty free hands. And you have to because his personal stamp on the film is paramount for the success of it.”

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When asked what exactly makes Villeneuve such a great fit for “Dune,” the actor complimented a variety of things about the filmmaker, and said, “What he’s really good at is creating this strange atmosphere with his imagery...
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