The first trailer has arrived for upcoming sci-fi epic DUNE, directed by Blade Runner 2049, Prisoners and Arrival helmer Denis Villeneuve and featuring an ensemble cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya Coleman, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac, among others.
An adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name, Dune has Chalamet playing the brilliant and gifted Paul Atreides, a young man who travels to the universe’s most dangerous planet in an effort to protect his family’s future and is caught up in a giant conflict over the most precious resource in the galaxy… to put it simply.
Yeah, this is a big one. Apart from having the fantastic Villeneuve at the helm, the film’s behind-the-scenes names include co-writers Eric Roth (Forest Gump, Ali, A Star Is Born) and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange), production designer Patrice Vermette (Arrival, Sicario), editor Joe Walker (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival), visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert (First Man, Blade Runner 2049) and composer Hans Zimmer (Inception, Gladiator). I meeeaan…
Villeneuve has said that this film will tackle the first half of Herbert’s bestseller, so fingers crossed Dune does well enough to warrant a follow-up. After all, Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, a truly fantastic film and praised by critics, failed to spark up a box office return with audiences.
Take a look at the grand trailer below. Dune, also starring Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, Stephen McKinley Henderson, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and Charlotte Rampling, hits US cinemas on December 18th and opens in Australian cinemas on December 26th.
Warner Bros’ official synopsis and rundown for Dune:
Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name.
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. 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.
The film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise) Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s “Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” HBO’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Netflix’s “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”).
Villeneuve directed “Dune” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert.
Behind the scenes, Villeneuve reteamed with two-time Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette (“Arrival,” “Sicario,” “The Young Victoria”), two-time Oscar-nominated editor Joe Walker (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Arrival,” “12 Years a Slave”), two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert (“First Man,” “Blade Runner 2049”), and Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer (“Blade Runner 2049”).
He also collaborated for the first time with Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Lion,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”); three-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Revenant,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Quills”) and co-costume designer Bob Morgan; and stunt coordinator Tom Struthers (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception”). Oscar-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated composer Hans Zimmer (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Inception,” “Gladiator,” “The Lion King”) is creating the score. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present “Dune.”
The film is slated to be released in theaters on December 18, 2020.