The first official trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s trailer went up yesterday. I couldn’t wait to see it when I heard a couple of weeks ago that it was finally going to be available.
Was not disappointed.
I was planning to see it anyway when it premiers in December (assuming that theaters are a thing we can do in December……………), so it’s not like the trailer was having to convince me of anything, but…
Yes, I just said, “Dude”.
I don’t often say that.
It was easy to be skeptical when it was announced that a new Dune film was in the works. The David Lynch film was baffling, while SyFy did a credible enough job with their miniseries, but both productions failed to fully capture to scope and scale of the book. But I didn’t think there was anyone out there who really could. Dune is weird and complex and full of ideas that are difficult to translate to the screen.
But then it was announced that Denis Villeneuve was going to direct, and my fears were allayed. I have loved everything I’ve seen of Villeneuve’s. I mean, he managed to make a new Blade Runner movie that captured the mood, tone, and theme of the original Ridley Scott film. And Arrival, which deals with complicated ides of communication and time was completely brilliant. So I have full faith in his ability to bring Dune to life.
Then they started announcing the cast:
- Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
- Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica
- Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides
- Zendaya as Chani
- Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Liet Kynes
- Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
- Javier Bardem as Stilgar
- Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho
- Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
- Charlotte Rampling as Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
Those are the main stars, though some characters like Princess Irulan aren’t listed on IMdB yet.
But the trailer!!
There isn’t very much dialogue in it, save for the scene between Paul and the Reverand Mother that opens the entire story– the test of the Gom Jabbar.
We see flashes of Caladan, Paul’s fighting skills, and his arrogant assumption that the Atreides are powerful– his father, Duke Leto owns a planet and is getting a richer one. The Reverend Mother assures him the Duke will lose both. Then we go on to see scenes of combat in the desert, and the Reverend Mother’s voiceover speaks of a legend:
“One day a legend will be born. All of civilization depends upon it”
The scenes of combat continue until we hear a voiceover from Paul. He’s reciting part of the Litany Against Fear:
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. When the fear is gone, only I will remain.”
Then we see two little figures desperately running away from some giant thing rising from the desert sand. The final shot of the trailer is one of the giant sandworms of Arrakis, and it is awe-inspiring. Even on my little computer screen.
I can’t wait to see it on the big screen. I desperately hope I’ll be able to see it on the big screen.
Y’all, I’ve been a fan of Dune since I was twelve years old. My excitement level for this film is on par with what I felt while waiting for the Lord of the Rings films in college. This trailer is just making me even more excited to see it, whether it’s in the theater or on my own TV at home. I can’t wait for December 18.
P.S. The song playing in the trailer is a cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Eclipse’, the last song on their album, The Dark Side of the Moon. I think it’s perfect. It’s also an interesting throwback (if throwback it is) to the fact that Pink Floyd would have done the music for the first Dune film had Alejandro Jodorowsky been the one to make it.