It seems that our savior for December is here. Warner Bros finally dropped the first full trailer of Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi masterpiece, Dune, after a little teaser one day prior, and needless to say, we are soaked in deep awe.
A seasoned player in the sci-fi genre with films like Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017) under his belt, Villeneuve attempts to take Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel of the same name to the big screen in the way that he envisions, and the first peek into the results are no less fascinating.
The trailer instills plenty of fear and uncertainty, as young Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) wrestles with his own visions and the dark prophecy that haunts his family, amidst a brewing conflict of who gets the control over Arrakis, a desert planet that holds a valuable substance for the world of Dune. Of course, nothing valuable in the cinematic universe comes free and unguarded, so here is where the terrifying sandworms come into play. Watch them coming into action in the released trailer, here:
Still here? It’s a secret crossover between Marvel and DC, you say? To put it simply, I am a little suspicious about that, too. Villeneuve definitely put together a galaxy of A-listers and familiar names for Dune, but seeing just how many of them are a Marvel or DCEU alum begs the list to be scrutinized again. Here is the extensive casts of Dune, but first, let me catch my breath: Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse, Marvel), Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin (Thanos, MCU), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig, Thor’s tour guide, MCU), Dave Bautista (Drax the Standing-still, MCU), Zendaya (Spidey’s GF, MCU), David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man’s buddy, MCU), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, DCEU) and Javier Bardem.
Now that the cast list has been taken care of, it is time to look deeper into what Villeneuve’s Dune potentially has to offer. This is not the first time that Frank Herbert’s novel materializes on screen; David Lynch did that in 1984. Though I am not in a proper position to comment about Lynch’s film, Villeneuve’s version is arguably darker, more sophisticated, and of course, visibly more appealing due to modernized costume designs and CGI. Whether the upcoming Dune offers a plot that is deep enough to complement the sparkling cast list and visuals still remains a mystery, but seeing Villeneuve at helm of the film and Chalamet leading, I am getting a feeling that the new Dune movie is in safe hands.
Dune is scheduled to hit theaters this coming 18th of December, 2020. Check out the synopsis below by Warner Bros:
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, 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
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