This morning, Vanity Fair had the privilege of unveiling the first look at the upcoming remake of the film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s legendary sci-fi novel, Dune. Courtesy of Warners Bros., the released image is our first look at Timothée Chalamet as the young Paul Atreides, seen on a beach on his native planet of Caladan. Paul is seen walking along, likely in silent contemplation, as Spacing Guild transports begin moving Atreides family supplies and troops to the waiting Guild Heighliner in orbit above the planet.
Dune was first adapted to the screen by David Lynch in 1984 and was widely viewed as a failure at the box office and with critics and audiences. The new version, set to release on December 18, 2020, is being adapted by Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. While a number of upcoming box office films have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dune remains on schedule, for now.
Set in the distant future, a feudal intergalactic empire exists in a state of constant intrigue centered around the desert planet Dune, the only place in the universe where the drug melange can be harvested. Commonly referred to as “spice,” melange enables interstellar space travel and civilization relies on it to survive. The young noble Paul Atreides and his family are sent to Dune to rule, and it’s here that his destiny is set in motion.
Timotheè Chamalet leads an all-star cast in the role as Paul “Maud’Dib” Atreides, the hunted outlaw and Fremen messiah. Joining Chamalet is Jessica Ferguson as Paul’s mother the Lady Jessica, Star Wars’ Oscar Issac as Paul’s father the Duke Leto Atreides, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Zendaya as the Fremen Chani, Javier Bardem as the Fremen leader Stilgar, Josh Brolin as the troubadour warrior-poet Gurney Halleck, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, David Dastmalchian as the twisted mentat assassin Piter De Vries, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista as Glossu “The Beast” Rabban.
Dune hits theaters December 18.