Timothée Chalamet meets the desert in highly anticipated first Dune trailer
It's time at last. The sleeper has awakened, and the trailer for Dune is finally here.
Originally written by author Frank Herbert in 1965, Dune is one of the most iconic science-fiction stories of the 20th century. Its title refers to a popular nickname for the planet Arrakis, an inhospitable desert world that also happens to be the universe's only source of a very rare and important spice. As such, rule of Arrakis is very contested.
When the story opens, Arrakis is being given to the noble House Atreides, led by Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) whose heir apparent is his only son, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet). Paul is a gifted young man whose dreams seem to have a knack for coming true, and he senses danger on Arrakis. If the desert environment weren't harsh enough, there's also the lurking threat of House Harkonnen, chief rivals of the Atreides and the previous stewards of Arrakis, who may not surrender their golden egg so easily.
"You're using your own sensibility and childhood dreams, while also making sure to stay in the realm of the common dream of everybody," director Denis Villeneuve tells EW about his take on the material. Dune was previously adapted as a 1984 movie from director David Lynch, and again as a TV miniseries in the early 2000s.
Watch the trailer above, and head here for EW's full interview with Villeneuve about the footage.
Dune (2020 movie)