Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin engage in a vicious knife fight in a new Dune clip.
This clip has bracing sound design aimed at making the audience feel the concussions from the futuristic personal body shields, in addition to getting an early look at the world of Dune, which makes its global premiere Friday at the Venice Film Festival.
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner: 2049) directs Dune, which is a lifelong passion project for the famed director. The film will adapt the first half of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 novel, with a Dune sequel currently under development despite not yet being greenlit.
Dune stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson). When House Atreides is appointed as stewards of the desert planet Arakkis (better known as Dune), they become embroiled in a massive scheme that pits them against the galaxy’s feudal emperor and mortal rivals, House Harkonnen. Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, and Zendaya also star in the film.
Fans are eager to see Timothée Chalamet’s performance in Dune, but they will have to wait a little longer to see it on the big screen.
However, Vanity Fair has released an official trailer depicting Chalamet’s Paul and Josh Brolin’s Gurney Halleck in training. The latter is a competent warrior as well as one of Paul’s primary teachers in the books. The characters combat with knives in the brief clip, and Gurney teaches a valuable lesson to his young student. Frank Herbert’s work appears to be honoured in both the scene and the dialogue.
If you watch the complete Dune footage on Vanity Fair, you’ll see that Paul Atreides isn’t in the mood to practise fighting at first, but Gurney Halleck advises him that mood is irrelevant, and that “you fight when the necessity arises,” a quote straight from the book. While Paul defeats Gurney during their sparring session, his mentor informs him that his method would have resulted in Paul “joining” Gurney in death. At the very least, Paul was in the mood.
During an interview with Vanity Fair, Villeneuve noted, “The most important thing about Paul is that he’s trying to find his place in the world. Paul is supposed to be a wise one, someone that is older than his age in his mind, but still has the body of a 16-year-old. There’s a little bit of a Three Musketeers thing about Dune where we have teachers around him that are very alpha male. They are Paul’s only friends. Paul was raised as a kid surrounded by adults who are teaching him.”
Dune will be available in cinemas and on HBO Max for a month following its release, as part of Warner Bros.’ intention to stream its 2021 slate day-and-date.