With no new Star Wars movie to look forward to this winter, we were bound to feel the absence of a big, splashy space fantasy. But thankfully we don’t have to, as Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert science fiction classic Dune arrives in theaters this December. And thanks to Vanity Fair, we have our first look at the upcoming film.
In the first image from Dune, we see Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides on his home planet of Caladan. A member of House Atreides, Paul and his family will soon leave their home and travel to the mining planet Arrakis to oversee the extraction of a very important spice. On Arrakis, the royal family will also come face-to-face with House Harkonnen, enemies intent on exploiting the desert world.
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The image doesn’t give us too much to go off of; we see the oceans of Caladan and space crafts looming in the sky above. The world around Paul is grey and desolate, and he looks appropriately moody in an all-black ensemble. The Vanity Fair article accompanying the photo explains that the space crafts are the transport ships coming to take House Atreides away—and that Paul is resisting his fate, afraid of what might come next.
The rest of House Artreides consists of Duke Leto Atreides, Paul’s father, played by Oscar Isaac. His mother Lady Jessica is played by Rebecca Ferguson. The rest of the all-star cast includes Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Charlotte Rampling, Stellan Skargård, Dave Bautista, and Zendaya as Paul’s love interest, Chani.
Vanity Fair will have even more Dune coverage throughout the week, and we’re here to keep you posted on any updates. For now, the film is still set to open on December 18, 2020.
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