Eight months ago, we first saw Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, and now we have a second, longer look … and it completely resembles the epic space opera we had hoped for.
It all starts from the perspective of Chani, played by Zendaya.
“My planet Arrakis is so beautiful when the sun is low, rolling on the sand, it’s spicy in the air,” she says in a new trailer unveiled today (July 22). “Outsiders are ravaging our lands before our very eyes. Their cruelty towards my people is all I know. What will happen to our world? “
We see most of the main characters well, including Timothy Chalamet (as Paul Atreides), Charlotte Rampling (Reverend Mother Guy Mohiam), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Jason Momoa (Duncan Idaho), Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica) and Oscar Isaac (Duke Leto Atreides), as well as glimpses of Javier Bardem (Stilgar), Dave Bautista (Glossa “The Beast” Rabban) and Stellan Skarsgard (Baron Vladimir Harkonnen).
Feyd Routa is still not there, but there are rumors that Ty Sherian (star of Player One at the Ready) might be in the role that became infamous on the big screen in 1984, Sting.
And we’ll see what looks like the Emperor’s terrible Sardukar troops, plus the fierce fighting and desperate battles in the Arrakis Desert, the Fremen fighting the Harkonnen, the Atreides fighting the Harkonnen … the spine. This will really an epic cinematic experience.
Villeneuve creates high-quality intellectual films, Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival are just two of his masterpieces, but unfortunately they didn’t quite set the box office on fire, as studio executives prefer. Therefore, we hope with all our hearts that the second part of this fantastic fantastic opera will receive the green light.
Dune opens in US theaters and airs concurrently on HBO Max on October 22nd.
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In other Dunes news, HBO’s prequel series Max has found a new showrunner. Variety reports that Diane Ademo-John starred in Dune: A Sisterhood as a writer, showrunner and executive producer. John Speichts was previously assigned to directing the series, but he retired in November 2019 to focus on writing the second Dune reboot movie.
The show will be told through the eyes of the Bene Gesserit; a mysterious squad of women with exceptional abilities due to the control of the body and mind. They go through the feudal politics of the Imperium, pursuing secret goals that will eventually lead them to the planet Arrakis, known to its inhabitants as Dune. The series will be a prequel to the films.