We finally have our very first look at the 2020 film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic science fiction novel Dune. Vanity Fair has released exciting feature stills give a first look at some of the major players in the film, such as protagonist Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), Chani (Zendaya), Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), and Swordmaster Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa), among others.
Against the sandy and desolate backdrop of the planet Arrakis—filmed across southern Jordan and areas outside of Abu Dhabi—we also get a glimpse at the vital still suits which preserve moisture in the complex world of Dune.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this adaptation is set to be split into two separate films, giving the story the space to flesh out all of the gripping and vital details that make Frank Herbert's original novel a classic. The first film is slated for release December 18th, 2020.
This is great news for long-time fans of the book, as previous big and small screen adaptations are widely regarded as having fallen short.
David Lynch’s 1984 movie is a muddled fever dream, whereas the Syfy channel miniseries failed to leave a lasting impact despite raking in network success at the time.
Luckily, these small insights into Villeneuve’s feature adaptation already promise a film that tackles Dune with the care, attention to detail, and passion that it deserves.
Dune tells an interstellar story of the distant future. In the feudal society of this universe, several noble families have control over planetary fiefs.
The Atreides family controls the the resources of the planet Arrakis. Based on appearances, Arrakis is a barren wasteland inhabited only by monsters that make their home in the sand. However, it is also home to one coveted and controversial resource.
The sands of Arrakis contain melange, otherwise known as “the spice,” which is a drug capable of not only extending a user's lifespan, but increasing mental capabilities in remarkable ways. This drug is a vital necessity for space travel in Dune, and its rarity means that Arrakis is a highly desired asset. When Paul Atreides is given the responsibility to protect this valuable planet, a complex story of politics, religion, and ecology unravels around him.
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All stills of 'Dune' via Warner Bros. Pictures