Ever since the 1984’ s David Lynch directed disaster Dune, fans of the Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name had been day-dreaming of a better, eye-popping adaptation of its fantasy world. And looks like with director Denis Villeneuve at the helm of 2020’s Timothée Chalamet starrer adaptation, it is all set to be breathtakingly exceptional judging by the recently shared first Dune trailer that’s a melange of jaw-dropping scenes, one after the another.
Whether it is the grand set designs, the peek at stellar action scenes or the last-minute look at the incarnation of Frank Herbert’s mammoth sandworms, Dune’s first trailer promises that it will be an epic science-fiction fiesta.
Dune also marks actor Timothée Chalamet’s first outing in a leading role as the gifted Paul Atreides who has a greater destiny to fulfil. The Atrides family gets ownership of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, which has the world’s most valuable resource– Spice, a drug that is known to prolong human life while giving the user enhanced abilities. Claiming Arrakis pits the Atreides against the rival Harkonnen empire as well as the natives of the planet, the Fremen.
The plot synopsis shared Warner Bros. along with the first Dune trailer states that it the film will be a “mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey” of Paul Atreides “a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding.” He has to “travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.”
“As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive,” reads the synopsis.
Author Frank Herbert’s award-winning Dune (1965) was followed by sequels–Dune Messiah in 1969, Children of Dune in 1976, God Emperor of Dune in 1981, Heretics of Dune in 1984 and Chapterhouse: Dune in 1985. After Herbert passed away in 1986, more books were added to the Dune universe by his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
But unlike Lynch’s critically slammed adaptation, Villeneuve has assured that his take on the story will be very different. “I’m a big David Lynch fan, he’s the master. When I saw [Lynch]’s ‘Dune’ I remember being excited, but his take… there are parts that I love and other elements that I am less comfortable with. So it’s like, I remember being half-satisfied. That’s why I was thinking to myself, ‘There’s still a movie that needs to be made about that book, just a different sensibility’,” he said.
All set for a theatrical release on 18th December, Dune also stars Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista Glossu Rabban, David Dastmalchian, Jason Momoa, Stephen Henderson, and Josh Brolin.