Watch Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in the first Dune trailer here


by Douglas Greenwood
09 September 2020, 4:32pm

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We, as stans of Timothée Chalamet, have spent seven months of this godforsaken year starved. It started well, didn’t it? Look! Chalamet flaunting his proper acting chops in London’s West End! A starring role in a Wes Anderson film, that would premiere at Cannes Film Festival — with him walking the red carpet! We were all ready and raring to go for a 2020 that would see him rule the world, sealed with a kiss in December with his most prolific role yet: the lead in Denis Villeneuve’s big budget sci-fi remake of Dune.

While the year has thrown much into disarray, Dune_’s cosy position at the end of a hellfire year has remained unchanged: if all goes to plan, it should hit cinemas around the world on 18 December. And while we’ve had to temporarily wave goodbye to seeing The French Dispatch for a while (don’t expect that until 2021, we guess), we have at least been treated to some images from _Dune. Better still, today we get our first official look at the film’s trailer.

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Having been teased in cinemas over the past week, playing in front of Tenet, the initial trailer has finally hit the internet, giving us a better look at Denis’ vision for Dune.

Based on the legendary sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert, one that was widely considered “unfilmable” by critics at the time, Dune is set 8000 years in the future, on a planet called Arrakis — the only place in the wider galaxy where one can acquire a rare spice called melange. The planet is owned by a Duke, who’s seized control of it from a violent group known as the Harkonnens, but when the Harkonnens start to slowly claw back their territory, the Duke sends his son, a young man called Paul (that’s Timmy, btw) on a mission to fight for the land and the spice that grows on it.

This is your first look at all of your favourite stars in motion: Timothée, Zendaya (!), Oscar bloody Isaac! A true treat. Tune in below and cross your fingers that Ms Rona doesn’t claim another victim by forcing us into a second lockdown, thus delaying the release of Dune. It’s literally the only thing that’s keeping us from hibernating for the rest of 2020.

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