If sci-fi, Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet are your thing, behold Dune. The upcoming film, scheduled for a December release, is an adaptation of the 1965 novel by author Frank Herbert and is directed by Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Denis Villeneuve - and after a long, long wait, we finally have a trailer!
Here's everything we know about Dune:
Who is in the Dune cast?
Who isn't in the Dune cast! As far as film casts go, this is an incredibly impressive one. Timothée Chalamet plays the leading role of Paul Atreides, who, with his family, takes over the planet of Arrakis. Zendaya plays Chani, a member of a group called the Fremen who inhabit Arrakis, and Rebecca Ferguson plays Lady Jessica, who is mum to Timothée's Paul, while Oscar Isaac plays Paul's Duke Leto Atreides.
Making up the ensemble cast, Jason Momoa stars as Duncan Idaho, Javier Bardem plays Stilgar, Charlotte Rampling plays Gaius Helen Mohiam and Josh Brolin stars as Gurney Halleck. Meanwhile, Stellan Skarsgard plays the film's primary antagonist Baron Vladimir Harkonnen.
What happens in the trailer?
Not only do we see a cheeky kiss between Timothée and Zendaya's characters Paul and Chani, Paul is preparing for all-out war and he must learn to conquer fear - essentially, there's a lot going on.
The cast took part in a Twitter Q&A session with Stephen Colbert before the trailer dropped, where they spoke more about their characters and what’s to come from the film. Timothée explained: "There is a metaphor, and I think a lesson in this movie for everyone."
We're ready to learn!
What's Dune about?
Frank Herbert's book is set in the distant future and revolves around warring families who each rule over individual planets. Humans rely on a rare drug called spice, which can only be found on the planet Arrakis. The official synopsis reads:
"Dune is set far in the future, amidst a sprawling feudal intergalactic empire, where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble Houses that owe allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino. The novel tells the story of young Paul Atreides, heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and scion of House Atreides, as he and his family relocate to the planet Arrakis, the universe’s only source of the spice melange."
Why is the film being split into two parts?
Villeneuve admitted it's the hardest project he's ever worked on, telling Vanity Fair: "I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie. The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details."
He continued: "It’s a book that tackles politics, religion, ecology, spirituality - and with a lot of characters. I think that’s why it’s so difficult. Honestly, it’s by far the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life."
When will Dune be released?
Dune is schedule for release on 18th December. Mark it in your diaries, guys.
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