Denis Villeneuve’s adaption of Dune is finally coming to theatres and the first trailer is absolutely magnificent, teasing an adaption of epic proportions.
So let’s take a closer look, because the thing is absolutely gorgeous too.
Note, due to the number of images in this post, it has been broken up into three pages. You will find navigation buttons at the bottom of each page.
Paul (Timothée Chalamet) and Chani (Zendaya), the woman of his (literal) dreams. Look at the blue in Zendaya’s eyes. Look at the detail on the headboard of the bed. The makeup, costuming, and production design team has done incredible work here.
Paul and his mother, Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), surveying a battlefield on Arrakis. I’m having a hard time not talking about this in detail. Not everyone has read the book or seen the previous adaptations. Silly, but true.
This confrontation, Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (Charlotte Rampling) testing Paul, has always been one of my favourites, and this looks like they understand its importance. Also, look at the costumes again! And the design of the Gom Jabbar!
I can’t tell you if the lightening is real, but the cinematography in this thing is gorgeous. Greig Fraser (who also worked on The Batman this year) has really outdone himself.
I mean just look a this. And the costuming again! this is, I believe, Paul taking a last tour of Atreides ancestral home planet Caladan.
Paul training with sword master Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin). There’s so much to love here but I love the effect they came up with for the personal shields. That shimmer and refraction, plus the colour changes with each strike of the swords, is incredible.
The Atreides family getting ready to leave their home. Not everyone is happy about it. Lady Jessica looks downright perturbed, and Duke Leto looks like a man who doesn’t want to leave but understands it’s his duty to do so.
I really like how much of Caladan is in this trailer. The action definitely shifts to Arrakis almost immediately in previous adaptations, but there’s so much setup that can happen there.