Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel
Here is everything you need to know about the sandworms from Herbert’s novel, and what we can expect from them in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming film adaptation.
Where do the sandworms live and what do they look like?
The sandworms are native to the desert planet Arrakis, the only location in the known universe where they are found. They are created when their larval form, known as sandtrout (or Little Makers), band together in stores of water beneath the surface of Arrakis. This makes a liquid chemical that combusts above ground, creating a mixture known as pre-spice mass. (Remember this—it will come in handy in a minute.) Any sandtrout that survive this process then metamorphasize into sandworms.
It’s believed that the full-size creatures live to be thousands of years old. Water is toxic to the creatures, who eat sand and other organic compounds in the Arrakis desert. They grow up to 750 meters in length and have thick, orange-colored skin. They are said to have a smell that’s “strong, flinty, cinnamon,” similar to that of spice melange.
Why are they so important?
Speaking of spice melange, that’s part of why these beasts are so integral to the
Because their lifecycle is key to the production of spice melange, the sandworms are feared and worshipped by the Fremen, one of the human populations on Arrakis. They consider the sandworms to be godlike. And because the worms mostly stay below ground, only coming to the surface to defend their territory, spotting one is considered rare, which only feeds their mythos.
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What can we expect from the sandworms in the new film?
We have reason to believe Villeneuve’s
“We talked about every little detail that would make such a beast possible, from the texture of the skin, to the way the mouth opens, to the system to eat its food in the sand,” Villeneuve said. “It was a year of work to design and to find the perfect shape that looked prehistoric enough.”
An image that ran with the
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Paul Atreides, balancing on an airborne ornithopter, flying over the expanse of the planet Arrakis with weapons teacher Gurney Halleck. pic.twitter.com/ZiMPjYwIgf
We can’t wait to see how everything came together, and what this new iteration of sandworms will look like, when
And ahead of that release date, be sure to read