For greater than a 12 months, the prospect of a brand new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic Dune has tantalized me. I’ve identified of its existence for longer, in fact, and watched excitedly as a powerful crew has assembled each in entrance of and behind the digicam: Jessica Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, and others in key roles; Denis Villneueve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) as director, Hans Zimmer as composer.
Dune was supposed to return out final December. Alas, shortly after the discharge of the primary trailer final September, we realized that the movie can be delayed till October of this 12 months — greater than a full 12 months. And final December, it emerged that Warner Bros. would launch Dune (and different motion pictures) concurrently in theaters and on HBO Max. Villeneuve, who claims to have created the movie for the big canvas of the theater, responded angrily to this resolution. Lastly, a number of weeks in the past, the film’s launch was moved from early October to October 22.
So it’s been an extended path, and never fairly a Golden one, for Dune. However so far as I do know, it should nonetheless be doable to see it in a theater on that day, and I plan on it. And right this moment, we acquired a brand new trailer:
As a Dune fan, I’ll go into this film not anticipating to be shocked by the story, which I do know fairly properly. The mysteries for me are usually not what’s going to occur, however how will or not it’s portrayed: how the actors do of their roles; what the results and rating are like; and the way devoted the variation is. That’s what I’m on the lookout for once I watch these trailers. And on that entrance, this one appears pretty promising. The visuals look leagues extra superior than these of the beleaguered 1984 adaptation, and the performing pedigree can’t be beat; even this quick glimpse confirmed that. It additionally offered our first prolonged take a look at Stellan Skarsgård because the villainous Baron Harkonnen, proven floating above the bottom for causes that ought to be clear to Dune followers.
If there’s something I’m nervous about, it’s Paul Atreides, the principle character. He might be portrayed by Timothée Chalamet, a waifish actor identified largely for moody, if well-received, indie roles up thus far. What I’ve seen to date leaves me skeptical of his capacity to convey the nuances of Paul as a personality. Significantly given the second factor about Paul I’m nervous about: The film appears to be presenting him as an easy hero. With out giving an excessive amount of away, it’s price saying that this isn’t precisely what Paul is. I hope Chalamet and the screenplay can seize this. I expect to find out.