Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi epic Dune has become a modern classic since its publication and its evocative world is every bit as enticing as Tolkien’s Middle-Earth or Rowling’s Wizarding World. If you’re a fan of the series, you may have been aware that director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) had been picked to direct a film adaptation of Herbert’s epic novel. We’ve been waiting a long time to get a good look at the ambitious project, and now we finally can thanks to the first official trailer. Feast your eyes…
Historically, Dune hasn’t translated well to the big screen. David Lynch directed a film adaptation in 1984 that, despite its ambition, failed to live up to the quality of the source material and left fans feeling cold. Based on the new trailer, it looks like book readers finally have a worthy adaptation to look forward to that could bring to life Herbert’s world, much like how Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films brought Middle-Earth to life.
The trailer’s description reads: “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.”
If you can’t wait to enter the world of Arrakis, then you’ll be relieved to learn you don’t have long to wait. Dune is set to be released in theaters on 18th December.