First Looks of Denis Villeneuve’s Sci-Fi Film “Dune,” Starring Timothée Chalamet

This is the second time that Frank Herbert’s “Dune” will be turned into a big-screen movie.

Like a breath of fresh air in these trying times, we have been blessed with the first official look of the sci-fi film “Dune.” Vanity Fair has released ten stills from director Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation of the legendary novel. For those you aren’t familiar with the title, “Dune” is based on Frank Herbert’s book by the same name. The first movie adaptation of “Dune” was done by David Lynch back in 1984, but sadly it was a box office failure. The book itself is nearly 1,000 pages long and Villeneuve decided to split the brand-new adaptation into two massive movies. Good plan.

“I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie. The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details,” Villeneuve told Vanity Fair. “It’s a book that tackles politics, religion, ecology, spirituality—and with a lot of characters. I think that’s why it’s so difficult. Honestly, it’s by far the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life.”

Set in the far future, “Dune” takes place in a universe where humanity has mastered interstellar travel but still uses an archaic system of monarchy and house royalty. It’s basically “Star Wars” meets “Game of Thrones.” The movie has a star-studded cast: Timothée Chalamet plays as Paul Atreides, the royal heir of Duke Leto (Oscar Issac) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson). On the stills being shared, Chalamet is seen walking on a foreign landscape, as he awaits a spacecraft to transport him and his family to their new home, Arrakis.

Chalamet and Issac are joined by Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgard as the “monstrous” Baron Vladimir Harkonen. With a lineup this big, the pressure is most definitely high. “Dune Part I”  is scheduled to hit theaters on December 18, 2020.