Wednesday, 9 September 2020

First full-length DUNE trailer released

After a great deal of build-up, the first full-length trailer for Denis Villeneuve's take on Frank Herbert's Dune is here.

The trailer was preceded by a presentation led by Stephen Cobert in which he talked to the main cast and director Denis Villeneuve.

The trailer itself, set to a version of Pink Floyd's "Eclipse", opens with Paul (Timothée Chalamet) discussing his prescient visions of Chani (Zendaya) and a great crusade that will burn across the galaxy. Paul discusses his fears with the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (Chalotte Rampling), who forces him to endure a test of pain. We see Paul sparring with knives and personal shields with Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin), whilst the Reverend Mother chides him that he will inherit too much power and he must learn how to rule others as well as himself, something his ancestors never learned. Paul notes that his father Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) rules an entire planet (Caladan), but he is losing it in favour of a richer one (Arrakis, known as Dune). The Reverend Mother warns that he will lose that world as well, as Arrakis is a deathtrap. We see the confrontation between House Atreides and House Harkonnen, involving characters such as the Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa), Stilgar (Javier Bardem), the Beast Rabban (David Bautista) and Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård). The trailer ends with Paul and his mother, Jessica, confronting one of the great sandworms of Arrakis.

Dune is currently scheduled - pandemic permitting - to hit cinemas globally on 18 December this year.

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