After a lot of anticipation, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune finally premiered in Venice—and it’s living up to the hype. The latest adaptation of the beloved sci-fi classic was met with positive reviews and received an eight-minute standing ovation after its first showing at the Venice Film Festival.
The premiere of Dune was a star-studded affair, mostly because it stars some of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers, including Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, and Dave Bautista, who walked the red carpet alongside Villeneuve.
After the end credits rolled, the highly-anticipated film was met with a standing ovation, that roared through Venice’s Sala Grande cinema for eight minutes straight. The jury member Chloé Zhao even rushed through the aisles to congratulate Villeneuve and called the movie fantastic.
Dune is also slated to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before heading to theaters on October 22nd. Its sequel is yet to get the green light, but Villeneuve already discussed it with Warner Bros. and Legendary.
“They feel that it would need a really bad outcome at the box office to not have a Dune: Part Two because they love the movie. They are proud of the movie, so they want the movie to move forward. And they still did half of it. So, you know, I’m very optimistic,” he told Total Film.