09 September 2020 18:34

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The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The first trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Dune has just been released – check it out below. Dune stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the son of a noble family tasked with protecting "the spice", the most valuable substance in the universe found on the desert planet Arrakis. Rebecca Ferguson will play Paul's mother Lady Jessica, while Duke Leto Atreides is portrayed by Oscar Isaac. Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem also star. Discussing the scale of the upcoming film, Chalamet recently explained to Empire what it was like to film in the Wadi Rum desert to recreate the world of the book.

The first trailer for Dune begins much like the book on which it's based: with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) revealing he has dreams that often come true. For director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), who first read the story when he was a teenager and has been wanting to adapt it ever since, bringing it to the screen was a dream come true. David Lynch succeeded in making a Dune film in 1984, and while it was kind of a campy trip, it fell far short of the grandiosity of Herbert's book. Where Jodorowsky would've made an hours-long film to work in all of Herbert's detail, Villeneuve is splitting the book into two movies. "At its core, Dune is a powerful but simple adventure story, but it has so many rooms and so many themes," the director said during a recent Q&A.

The vast desert planet of Arrakis, where most of the story takes place, feels like the beautiful but inhospitable place Herbert described. Similarly, the Fremen—the local people of Arrakis who are caught in a war over their planet's most valuable commodity: melange, or "the spice"—have the power of Zendaya's Chani and Javier Bardem's Stilgar. The first Dune trailer is, if the world makes good on its many teases, just hours away. From Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve, the new incarnation of Frank Herbert's essential science-fiction book looks to deliver the Star Wars-sized adaptation the material has always demanded. Though early looks at the film sport a desaturated look that recalls David Lynch's polarizing take on Dune from 1984, the new movie promises a blend of Game of Thrones intrigue and space operatics that should make it one of the first adaptations to be, well, accessible.

Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) takes center stage in Dune as Paul Atreides, the heir to the throne of House Atreides. Joining the Oscar-nominated actor are Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Josh Brolin (Sicario), Stellan Skarsgård (HBO's Chernobyl), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Lady Bird), Zendaya (HBO's Euphoria), Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Netflix's Sex Education), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men). In addition to the trailer, the cast sat down with none other than Dune super nerd Stephen Colbert to discuss Villeneuve's vision: But we do see some key moments that are worth delving into: The trailer opens on the face of Paul Atreides (Chalamet). Throughout the trailer, Gaius explains to Paul that the future of House Atreides is pretty much on him. His dad, Duke Leto Atreides (Isaac), is set to inherit the desert planet Arrakis, which is full of a mind-bending drug known as Spice, but his fate is ultimately tragic.

On Arrakis, Paul arrives to some extremely sandcrawler-in-Star-Wars people-movers and his old pal Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa), a swordmaster and another mentor figure to the prince. Frank Herbert's 1965 novel "Dune" has been credited for inspiring half a century of the biggest works of science fiction and fantasy storytelling, from "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" to "Alien" and "Game of Thrones." Warner Bros., Legendary, and director Denis Villeneuve ("Arrival," "Blade Runner 2049") are both hoping that will change with the filmmaker's adaptation of Herbert's seminal story, about young Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), scion of the noble House of Atreides which has been tasked with overseeing the barren desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. The new trailer for "Dune," released on Wednesday, makes plain Villeneuve's ambition for the film, with explosive battle scenes, stunning landscapes, and a good long look at the massive sandworms that populate Arrakis and guard the most precious resource in the universe, known as the spice. But there's a reason Herbert's novel — a wildly imaginative epic adventure that's also dense with heady concepts of metaphysics, human consciousness and ecological morality — has stymied all previous attempts to adapt it. David Lynch's 1984 feature film starring Kyle MacLachlan was panned as a plodding, impenetrable mess, while the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries (though a ratings success) didn't really have the resources to bring Herbert's imagery to vivid life.

supplemented the trailer with a panel moderated by apex geek Stephen Colbert, and featuring Villeneuve and many of the film's stars, including Chalamet, Oscar Isaac (who plays Paul's father, Duke Leto Atreides), Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica, Paul's mother and a member of the powerful female religious order the Bene Gesserit), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck, Paul's mentor), Zendaya (Chani, Paul's love interest and a member of the Fremen, the native people of Arrakis), Jason Momoa (Duncan Idaho, one of the top warriors for House Atreides), Javier Bardem (Stilgar, the leader of the Fremen), and Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Liet-Kynes, Chani's mother and the top planetologist on Arrakis). Villeneuve, a devotee of Herbert's book from when he was a young teenager, knew immediately that in order for a feature film adaptation to be successful, "Dune" could not just be one movie. "The story is so rich and complex that, in order to be faithful to the book, we'll need to make at least two movies," he said. (Much like the recent two-part adaptation of Stephen King's "It," Villeneuve has shot only the first half of "Dune," and will need to mount a second production to complete the story; he did not address a timeline in the Q&A for when that could happen.) At the core of that approach is Herbert's philosophy, spoken by Paul, that "fear is the mind-killer, fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration." "When [the baliset] was brought to the set, it was immediately grabbed out of my hands by Oscar Isaac and played incredibly," Brolin said. "I just want to say I'm tripping out that you just said my name, Javier and Josh in the same sentence," Momoa said after Colbert introduced him, Barden and Brolin to the Q&A. As the spectacularly named warrior Duncan Idaho, Momoa shouldered a great deal of the most intense action scenes in the film, including a scene in which Villeneuve tasked Momoa with running to Chalamet in the desert. After teasing a full Dune trailer in front of Tenet last month, your first proper look at Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novels is here. The director's previous work includes Blade Runner 2049, Arrival and Sicario – and this looks like it might be his largest-scale project yet. Timothée Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides in the film, along with Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and Javier Bardem, among others. Check out the Dune trailer below, and yes, you do get to see a hell of a big sandworm: This is the official synopsis for Dune, from distributor Warner Bros: "A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, 'Dune' tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.