With the 2021 remake of ‘Dune’ set to premiere in both theatres and HBO Max, we reveal where in the world the new movie was filmed.

The 2021 remake of the classic Sci-Fi movie ‘Dune’ is about to hit the big and small screens this week.

Starring Timothée Chalamet, Jason Momoa and Zendaya, the production quality for Dune appears to be out-of-this-world…literally.

Now, from beautiful deserts and Fjords, wide-eyed viewers are curious as to where in the world was Dune filmed.

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Where was Dune filmed?

The 2021 Dune movie mostly takes place on the ocean planet of Caladan and the desert planet Arrakis.

The principal photography for the movie was filmed at Standlandet in Norway, Wadi Rum in Jordan, Abu Dhabi and Budapest in Hungary, as provided by latlong.

“It was really surreal. There are these Goliath landscapes, which you may imagine existing on planets in our universe, but not on Earth.” – Timothée Chalamet, via Vanity Fair.

Director Denis Villeneuve had previously stated that on-location filming was paramount with Dune, explaining that he needed to “inspire myself to find back that feeling I was looking for of isolation, of introspection.”

Stadlandet, Norway

The first part of Dune takes place on the planet Caladan, which was filmed in Stadlandet in Norway.

Standlandet, also known as Stad, is a peninsular in the Stad Municipality in the northwestern area of the Nordfjord district, which is in Norway’s Vestland county.

The region is a 500-metre-high (1,600ft) mountain plateau that is overlooked by a 645-metre-tall (2,116ft) summit called Tarvaldsegga peak. The western end of the plateau features an incredible cliff that plunges over 490 metres (1,631ft) into the sea.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

The red-rock desert scenes from Dune were mostly filmed in the mesmerising Wadi Rum in southern Jordan.

Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon is Jordan’s largest Wadi (a valley or dry riverbed) and is arguably best known for its connection to British officer T. E. Lawrence, who used the region during the Arab Revolt.

The valley is an incredibly popular location for filming spectacular desert scenes and has featured in numerous Hollywood blockbusters including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Martian (2015), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Aladdin (2019), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The majority of the ‘dune-scenes’ were filmed in Liwa Oasis, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The golden sands of Abu Dhabi have featured in countless movies, but it seems that this environment, whilst beautiful, challenged the Dune cast.

Timothée Chalamet, who plays the lead role, has previously said: “I remember going out of my room at 2 AM, and it being probably 100 degrees.”

“The shooting temperature was sometimes 120 degrees. They put a cap on it out there, if it gets too hot. I forget what the exact number is, but you can’t keep working.” – Timothée Chalamet.

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Budapest, Hungary

The majority of studio filming was carried out at the Origo Film Studios in Budapest, Hungary.

According to IMDB, the studio has played an important role in the filming of some major blockbuster movies, including Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) and Hercules (2014).

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Dune will arrive on October 22nd, 2021 – you can read more about its release here.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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