New Dune Movie Gets First Images Of Main Cast And New Details

Update: Even more Dune images have been released. Check them out here.

Frank Herbert’s classic book Dune is one the most acclaimed sci-fi novels of all time, and a new movie adaptation is on the way. The movie is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) and it releases in December. The first image has been released.

The image comes via Vanity Fair, and it shows Timothy Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) in the lead role as Paul Atreides. According to the article, it’s from the start of the movie, and shows Atreides on a beach on his home planet of Caladan, shortly before he leaves for the spice mining planet of Arrakis. Check it out below:

Dune releases on December 18. It has a hugely impressively cast list, which includes:

  • Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica
  • Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides
  • Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
  • Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban
  • Zendaya as Chani
  • Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho
  • Javier Bardem as Stilgar

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Chalamet spoke about the character of Paul Atreides. “The immediately appealing thing about Paul was the fact that in a story of such detail and scale and world-building, the protagonist is on an anti-hero’s-journey of sorts,” he said. “He thinks he’s going to be sort of a young general studying his father and his leadership of a fighting force before he comes of age, hopefully a decade later, or something like that.”

Dune was previously adapted for the big screen in 1984. The lavish movie was directed by David Lynch and starred Kyle McLachlan, Patrick Stewart, and Sting. While it was a commercial failure, it has since gained a cult following.

The Sci-fi Channel (since re-branded Syfy) also produced a Dune mini-series in the early 2000s. There have been other unsuccessful attempts to get a new movie version off the ground, most recently with Patriots Day director Peter Berg at the helm.

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