It’s been a minute since we’ve had a huge sci-fi epic to watch unfold on the big screen, partially thanks to pandemic-related delays. But that minute is about to be over.
This fall, Denis Villeneuve’s new Dune adaptation hits theaters – and HBO Max – and it looks gorgeous. So long as you think huge mounds of sand are gorgeous. Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya are definitely gorgeous, and the landscapes are definitely beautiful, in a way that David Lynch’s notorious adaptation wasn’t. That version of Frank Herbert’s challenging space story was sweaty and weird and Lynchian in a way that, at first glance, seems completely removed from this new adaptation. People on Twitter started complaining about the lack of color in the wardrobe when they saw the posters, and the new trailer doesn’t get any more colorful. But it still looks great.
The story, if you’re unaware: A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
The director is legit, the cast is loaded (joining Chalamet and Zendaya are Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, and more), and it looks fantastic. It’s also only the first of two movies!
Check out the new trailer, and get ready for Dune to hit theaters and HBO Max on October 22nd.