After what seems like an unusually long wait, Warner Bros. Pictures has finally released a trailer for Denis Villeneuve‘s adaptation of Dune. And as you can see from the images in the preview, the wait has been worthwhile.
Based on the novel by Frank Hebert, the film details political maneuverings in the far-flung future, when all of humanity is desperate for a vital conscience-expanding drug found on only one planet in the known universe: planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. In the year 10,191 (which is more like 20,000 years from now thanks to a reworking of the standard calendar), House Atreides is ordered by the Padisah Emperor Shaddam IV to mine the spice on behalf of the Empire. But the directive is really a trap set by the Emperor and the Atreides’ chief rival, House Harkonnen. The plot sets in motion a profound change in universal power when the Atreides heir, Paul (Timothee Chalamet), survives the trap and learns more about Arrakis and its vital resource than anyone ever dreamed.
Besides Chalamet, the film also features Oscar Issac as Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides; Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Paul’s mother and Leto’s royal concubine; Javier Bardem as the Fremen leader Stilgar; Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen — the principle antagonist — Dave Bautista as the Baron’s cruel nephew Rabban; Josh Brolin Gurney Halleck, one of Paul’s teachers; Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, another of Paul’s teachers; Charlotte Rampling as the Reverend Mother Helen Gaius Mohiam, head of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood; and Zendaya as Chani, a Fremen warrior who become quite close to Paul.