Dune arrives in theaters later in October, but we have time for one more trailer. The film’s previous trailers introduced the epic world from Frank Herbert’s novel. They set up the main characters of House Atreides, the family’s arrival on Arrakis, and the looming conflict with the Harkonnens. Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) sits at the heart of the story as he navigates the desert world of Arrakis and its natives, the Fremen. Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation looks sweeping and grand—also action-packed. The latest Dune trailer focuses on the sci-fi film’s action.
Defensive shields. Armies. Sandworms. So many ornithopters. While Dune has quite a few cerebral moments focused on family honor, ecology, and political intrigue, it moves. The world of Dune comes equipped for battle. And with the intense rivalry between the Atreides and the Harkonnens, clashes feel inevitable. Especially since the spice melange is involved. The substance, which comes only from Arrakis’ deserts, is the Dune universe’s most important and valuable commodity. Having control of the spice means power.
And that’s not even accounting for the ferocity of the elements. Sandstorms pose a regular threat on Arrakis, as do the massive sandworms that call the desert home. Sandworms large enough to swallow ‘thopters whole inhabit the sands, constantly posing a risk. The trailer shows off one particularly chilling gaping sandworm maw.
The world of Arrakis comes with much to fear. But as Paul’s voice says over the trailer, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.” That’s part of the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear. From what this footage shows of Paul’s tough road ahead, he’s going to have to hold that litany close to his heart.
Dune arrives in theaters on October 22, 2021. We for one cannot wait.
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