Dune may be a big-budget hopeful-blockbuster, but it doesn't take much to observe that Warner Bros. got a prestigious director like Denis Villeneuve for a reason and that is the hopes they can do with this film what very few genre films have pulled off...being an award contender. So, it's no surprise that, following persistent rumors the last couple weeks, that Dune will in fact have it's world premiere at this year's Venice Film Festival during the festival’s run from September 1st to September 11th. This puts it's world premiere just shy of a month from it's theatrical release on October 1st (and will simultaneously be released on HBO Max)
This actually follows a strategy done for Villeneuve's other unconventional science fiction film, 2016's Arrival, which went on to gain several nominations at the Academy Awards including Best Picture. Obviously, Warner Bros. is hoping that lightning strikes twice. Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho is serving as jury president this year at Venice.
Dune stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.