After months of waiting since it was announced, the first trailer for the upcoming epic science fiction film Dune directed by Denis Villeneuve was released. Based on the iconic novel by Frank Herbert, the movie will cover the first half of the book, with the latter half likely being reserved for the sequel. The film will star Timothée Chalamet as the main character Paul Atreides.

The trailer opens with Paul claiming that something is appearing in his mind that he cannot control. Meanwhile, the audience is shown Paul meeting with and nearly kissing Zendaya’s character Chani while he is heard speaking to Rebecca Ferguson’s character Lady Jessica. Paul then explains that there is a crusade coming before the trailer cuts to him and Chani witnessing a town on fire in the desert. Paul is then shown to be given some sort of test by Lady Jessica. She explains that if he removes his hand from a box that is placed on a table, he will die. When he asks what it is in the box, Lady Jessica simply replies “pain,” after which Paul starts to scream while his hand is in the mysterious box. We are soon shown brief shots of Paul training with his teacher played by Josh Brolin, and his father Leto Atreides played by Oscar Isaac, who has been given stewardship over the desert planet Arrakis.

When Paul explains this to her, she responds that Arrakis is a more dangerous place than he thinks. As the music starts to pick up, we see soldiers committing dark actions as Paul discovers that they are picking off his family one by one. We are also shown brief shots of Jason Momoa’s character Duncan Idaho as he fights many of them off. As we see more fighting through the trailer, we are then shown Chani whom Paul recognizes from his dreams. After Duncan is shown pledging his allegiance to Paul, whom he refers to him as “my lord duke,” the two are seen running across the desert at night before a giant sand worm bursts out of the ground as they both watch on, after which the title card is presented.

Dune will premiere on December 18, 2020. Many fans are excited to see the iconic novel brought to the big screen properly this time, as the original film that was released in 1984 received negative reviews from critics.

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