The latest Vanity Fair profile about the upcoming adaptation of Dune is like an Arrakian sand sea for you to worm your way through.
Following yesterday’s first look tease, VF writer Anthony Breznican and photojournalist Chiabella James offer a longer, more in-depth deep dive into director Denis Villeneuve‘s new take on Frank Herbert‘s legendary sci-fi novel.
Breznican’s piece (which you can read here) includes 9 new images; you can see them in the gallery below, along with yesterday’s initial photo release.
Honestly, there doesn’t seem to be any red flags here. It looks to be a solid version of Herbert’s world but, even so, there’s nothing particularly unique or visionary about it either. At least to me, for now.
A trailer may change that first impression, but I won’t be holding my breath for one. My hunch is that the studio isn’t going to drop a trailer until we all get a much better understanding of what the theatrical landscape for the rest of 2020 is actually going to look like. But I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong, either.
This Dune will be Part One of a Two-Part adaptation. Explaining why, Villeneuve says, “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.”
Timothée Chalamet stars as the central young hero Paul Atreides. Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson play his powerful parents Duke Leto Atreides and Lady Jessica Atreides.
The all-star ensemble also includes Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Zendaya (Chani), Javier Bardem (Stilgar), Jason Momoa (Duncan Idaho), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Liet-Kynes), and Dave Bautista (Glossu “Beast” Rabban).
Villians Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam are played respectively by Stellan Skarsgård and Charolotte Rampling.
Currently, Dune (Part One) is scheduled to hit theaters this holiday season on December 18, 2020. Let’s hope that holds true.
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