Dune Will Premiere on HBO Max One Day Early

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Technically, director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is scheduled to drop into theaters and on HBO Max next Friday, October 22. In reality, the movie will be open for Thursday night screenings on October 21. And now, according to Decider, HBO has announced that the movie will also be available to stream on HBO Max on October 21 starting at 6:00 p.m. EST.

Dune has already opened in theaters around the world and has done quite well, both critically and at the box office. It's currently sitting at 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and has earned more than $115 million so far.

That’s great news for anyone hoping to see a sequel, as the movie only covers the first half of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel. “We’ll see how the first [movie] goes, but I’m ready to do a second,” star Zendaya recently told InStyle. “Whenever they call, I’m here. Timothée [Chalamet] is an extraordinary talent and just a lovely person—he’s become my family.”

Chalamet and Zendaya are just two of the stars anchoring this epic: He plays the young Paul Atreides, a scion of a noble house who becomes a leader when his family is assigned the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis; and she plays Chani, one of the native Fremen people of the planet. Other cast members include Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, and Josh Brolin.

Dune will be out in theaters and on HBO Max on October 21, technically. It will remain on the streaming service for 31 days thereafter.