This dramatic shot,
The novel features Caladan only briefly at the beginning of the story, and this very much appears to be Paul’s final moments on his world. It’s the only place he’s known. But Thufir Hawat (played by Stephen Mckinley Henderson in the movie), one of his teachers, tells him in the book, “Parting with friends is a sadness. A place is only a place.”
Paul’s back is to the ships above. He doesn’t want to go. He’s resisting the call, a step along the hero’s journey depicted in
And by the way, those ships in the background may be transports ready to move the members of House Atreides and their forces to to a giant ship in orbit known as a Heighliner, which allows for instantaneous space travel via the Spacing Guild. Or if these aren’t transport ships, they could be our first look at Spacing Guild ships.
This shot shows Paul and his mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), a Bene Gesserit. They’re wearing Fremen stillsuits. The suits keep the Fremen alive in the desert. They block out the sand, but more importantly, stillsuits recycle the wearer’s fluids (all of them) to provide hydration—hydration that’s not easy to come by in the desert. The nose tube you see reclaims a measure of water from the wearer merely breathing.
Talk about desert fashion.
And then we have Zendaya as Chani. It’s clear she’s a Fremen (note the stillsuit), but she’s mysterious. To talk any more about her would be to share spoilers. Just know she’s incredibly cool.
Ah, the might of House Atreides. Long black coats make your house look instantly cooler. This depicts Duke Leto Atreides’ (Oscar Isaac) family and some of his most trusted leaders: Thufir Hawat, Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin), and Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa). The House Atreides hawk symbol adorns a banner in the background.
Let’s stay with House Atreides for a moment to take a closer look at Gurney Halleck. He’s Paul’s combat and weaponry teacher, a lead fighter and adviser in the Atreides army, and a poet. He plays an instrument called a baliset, and I can’t wait to see Josh Brolin being a bard.
Anyway, note the armor he and Duke Leto model so beautifully. It’s very
Speaking of the Duke, note the red cord and tassel behind him. Could it be part of Gurney’s baliset? We can only hope. A giant loading bay door stands open behind him. This could be the moment Leto and his men walk out onto Arrakis for the first time ever, maybe to meet Dr. Liet Kynes.
Lady Jessica looks badass in this photo. She’s wearing a simple Bene Gesserit robe and is likely still on Caladan. Perhaps it’s just before or after she presents her son Paul to Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam for the gom jabbar test.
Hello, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho. The swordmaster serves the Duke and instructs Paul. He’s a skilled and ruthless fighter, as this photo hints at. We won’t discuss which scene this could be because spoilers.
Going behind the scenes we see Villeneuve with Javier Bardem as Stilgar. The latter is the leader of Sietch Tabr, a tribe of Fremen who may or may not welcome Paul and Jessica into their fold. Note all the dust on his stillsuit. This is not a place where you waste water for the sake of cleaniless.
Finally, meet Arrakis’ official ecologist, Liet Kynes. Sharon Duncan-Brewster portrays the character, who is described as a white male in the book. Dr. Kynes is a pivotal character who works with both the Emperor and the Fremen. Kynes is also the “Judge of the Change,” the person put in charge of managing the transition of Arrakis from the Harkonnens to the Atreides.
Whew. Just wait until we get images of the Harkonnens and the Emperor and the Spacing Guild and…