If I didn’t know any better, I’d have thought I just watched a trailer for the most ambitious YA movie ever.
Such is the vibe for a story with two of Hollywood’s hottest young stars — Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya — romantically linked at the center. But the scale and scope of the new Dune (based on the landmark sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert) is more serious and epic than a run-of-the-mill Hunger Games knockoff. It comes from director Denis Villeneuve and falls right in line with what one would expect from the filmmaker behind Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival.
For Dune diehards, this first look appears to deliver the adaptation they’ve long dreamed of, including the all-important tease at the end that would be any litmus test for what fans want and demand.
Co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, and Charlotte Rampling, the only thing lacking here is a firm release date.
Set as “Part I” of a two-film adaptation, Dune is has now been delayed to the next fall when it will open on October 1, 2021.