The classic 1965 sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert is finally getting an epic revamp from the 1980s adaption in Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune‘. Warner Bros dropped a blood-pumping new trailer to spice up the hype for the sand-soaked epic after a series of covid-related pushbacks. Denis Villeneuve, known for creating the jaw-dropping visuals of The Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 that wowed critics and audiences alike is a perfect fit for building a strong spectacle for the world of Dune.
In the trailer, Villeneuve’s grandiose style of large-scale world-building is on full display while the ensemble cast battles over the vast landscapes of planet Arrakis (a.k.a. The Dune). The story follows Paul, a warrior of House Atreides who oversees his father’s mining operation of the rare drug ‘melange’ or ‘the spice.’ This valuable resource grants superhuman abilities as well as being a palpable fuel source. A mysterious denizen of the Dune gives Paul prophetic dreams that lead Paul to a full-scale war as a variety of factions battle over the miracle drug.
The film has a star-studded cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, and the star, Timothee Chalamet. Even more the long-time Warner alumnus Hans Zimmer joins to compose the official soundtrack. It should be mentioned that Villeneuve is splitting the film into a two-parter believing that the world of Dune is too vast to be properly contained within one trip to the theaters. Nothing is official just yet on a sequel, but that outcome is very likely judging from the current hype.
Skeptics can find some respite in that the film will be screened at the Venice International Film Festival on September 3rd, for a whole month, and will have some changes before it’s released in theaters and on HBO Max the same day: October 22nd, 2021.
Watch the trailer here.
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