Dune is currently set to hit theaters December 18

By Ale Russian
September 09, 2020 12:42 PM
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The Dune trailer is finally here.

The groundbreaking 1965 sci-fi novel is hitting the big screen for the second time (David Lynch took a stab at the material with his badly received 1984 adaptation), with equally-groundbreaking director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) at the helm.

Starring Timothée Chalamet as the gifted prince with his people's hopes riding on him, the movie also features Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson as his parents, as well as Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa and Zendaya.

The movie centers on Chalamet, Ferguson and Isaac, playing the royal family of Caladan, as they travel through the galaxy to mine new planet Arrakis for the special spice that propels them.

The trailer was introduced by the whole cast in a live Q&A on Twitter hosted by Stephen Colbert.

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Vanity Fair previously had a first look at the film, with new pictures showing the jaw-dropping sets and aesthetic of the highly-anticipated adaptation.

While the book told the whole story in one installment, Villeneuve will tell the story in two movies.

“I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie,” said Villeneuve. “The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”

“No matter what you believe, Earth is changing, and we will have to adapt,” he added. “That’s why I think that Dune, this book, was written in the 20th century. It was a distant portrait of the reality of the oil and the capitalism and the exploitation—the overexploitation—of Earth. Today, things are just worse. It’s a coming-of-age story, but also a call for action for the youth.”

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Chalamet, who plays the protagonist and royal son Paul Atreides, previously told Vanity Fair that Paul’s reluctancy in the face of great adventure is what drew him to the role. It’s not the normal story of a young royal wanting to prove himself.

“The immediately appealing thing about Paul was the fact that in a story of such detail and scale and world-building, the protagonist is on an anti-hero’s-journey of sorts,” Chalamet told Vanity Fair. “He thinks he’s going to be sort of a young general studying his father and his leadership of a fighting force before he comes of age, hopefully a decade later, or something like that.”