The person in charge is Denis Villeneuve, an Oscar-winning French-Canadian director who has already proven his mastery of thoughtful and terribly spectacular science fiction with “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049.” The Dune trailer makes it clear that things are being taken on a scale, as this new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune books looks like an epic epic. Seriously, take a load of this thing:
Timothy Chalamet plays the role of Paul Atreides, a descendant of a dynasty of powerful space nobles up to his neck in space legends and space politics. Oscar Isaac is his cosmic father, betting the future of his clan on a desert planet, where cosmic witches, cosmic bad guys and absolutely huge cosmic worms collide amid the glittering sand of the whip. Also in the dune wanderings is the Emmy-nominated Zendaya, the captivating figure from our young hero’s cosmic dreams.
Reproducing the towering strains of the epic melody Eclipse, originally by Pink Floyd, the trailer also gives a few glances at the appropriate stellar cast. Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson and Stellan Skarsgård appear dressed in lavish costumes amidst extensive scenery and gorgeous imagery, in a film that will clearly enable Blade Runner 2049 to win money point of signature style.
And that’s just the beginning: a sequel is already scheduled to complete the story, and a TV series, Dune: The Sisterhood with Villeneuve is also featured.
Dune is set to hit theaters on December 18. His fingers are as legendary as the trailer promises.
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