Dune's Timothée Chalamet compares sci-fi adaptation to Harry Potter series

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Dune's latest big screen adaptation is on its way to cinemas in just under two months, premiering at the Venice International Film Festival this Friday (September 3).

Timothée Chalamet has been talking about the film a lot lately, as you'd expect, and has made a pretty big comparison: calling it the equivalent to Harry Potter and the phenomenon it created for an earlier generation.

"It was nerve-wracking from the announcement," he told Deadline, explaining that "the fans of the book, and the fans of David Lynch version, the computer game, and everything, there's so much love and strength of feeling.

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"And so much of our pop culture and films and books have been derived from Dune, and all the philosophy in the book. I've been shocked to learn how many people have a next-level connection to the book. I compare it to how our generation grew up with Harry Potter, and that one makes sense to me.

"But it's cool to see with Dune also, when you actually sit down and read it… It's not that it's a quote-unquote 'hard read' or anything, but it's not made to be consumed easily, I think that's fair to say."

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The film will subtitled Part One, and cover about the first half of Frank Herbert's 1965 novel. A sequel isn't actually guaranteed at the moment, but director Denis Villeneuve is pretty confident it's going to get one.

One thing he's not so positive about is how the film is getting a joint release in cinemas and HBO Max.

Dune will be released in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US on October 22, and a day earlier in UK cinemas.

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