Skip to main content

Dune trailer: Here’s your first look at Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic

Dune Official Trailer

Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune has been one of Hollywood’s most-anticipated movies for a while now due to its celebrated director, iconic source material, and stellar cast. Now we have our first look at the film, courtesy of the official Dune trailer.

Directed by Villeneuve from a screenplay penned by Jon Spaihts, Eric Roth, and Villeneuve, Dune follows a noble family in the distant future that relocates to the dangerous desert planet Arrakis in order to manage production of the most valuable commodity in the universe: The substance known as “spice.” Their stewardship of the planet puts them in the crosshairs of a ruthless rival family, and the convergence of deadly ambition and powerful mysticism at play on the planet soon threatens everything they hold dear and everything they know about the universe.

The film casts Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the young prince of the noble family that relocates to Arrakis. Along with Chalamet, the film’s cast includes Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, a veteran soldier and Paul’s mentor; Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson as Duke Leto Atreides and Lady Jessica Atreides, respectively; and Javier Bardem as Stilgar, the leader of Arrakis’ indigenous population, known as the Fremen. Joining them in the cast are Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban, Zendaya as the Fremen woman Chani, and Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, the Atreides family’s swordmaster.

The premiere of the first trailer for Dune was preceded by a behind-the-scenes presentation of the film hosted by Stephen Colbert on the Twitter Movies account. The presentation featured various members of the cast and creative team, including Villeneuve, discussing the process of making the movie, the source material, and some of the challenges in bringing Dune author Frank Herbert’s vision to the screen.

Timothée. Rebecca. Oscar. Josh. Zendaya. Sharon. Jason. Javier. Denis. DUNE TRAILER FIRST LOOK. ???? https://t.co/ePHY6aGem4

— Twitter Movies (@TwitterMovies) September 9, 2020

Warner Bros. Pictures released the first look at Chalamet as Paul Atreides in April.

Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune was first announced in 2016. The film is based on Herbert’s seminal 1965 novel of the same name, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of the science-fiction genre and has inspired countless novels, films, TV series, and other projects over time. Herbert penned five sequels to the original Dune, covering events transpiring on Arrakis and elsewhere around the universe. The film directed by Villeneuve is is expected to be the first half of a two-part adaptation of Herbert’s original novel.

Despite the uncertain status of many indoor movie theaters around the world, Dune is currently scheduled to be released in IMAX, 3D, and standard theaters throughout the United States on December 18.

Editors' Recommendations

Rick Marshall
A veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering local and national news, arts and entertainment, and…
3 sci-fi movies on Hulu you need to watch in March
Ryan Gosling in "Blade Runner 2049."

Hulu tends to have a good lineup of sci-fi movies, but fans of the genre are really in for a treat in March. That's because Warner Bros. Pictures has lent out two of the best sci-fi movies from the last decade. The downside is that those films on loan probably won't be sticking around for very long, so catch them while you can.

Our picks for the three sci-fi movies on Hulu that you need to watch in March include the aforementioned Warner Bros. flicks, both of which were directed by Denis Villeneuve. The third film is a sci-fi comedy that's coming up on its 20th anniversary in 2025.
Dune (2021)

Read more
Want more awesome sci-fi like Dune 2? Then watch these 3 great sci-fi shows in March
A man puts on his space helmet in a scene from The Ark.

The first weekend in March saw the release of Dune: Part Two, Denis Villeneuve's epic sci-fi adventure film and the sequel to 2021's Dune. We pick up with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), who have been assimilating into Fremen culture. While contemplating his messianic destiny, Paul seeks revenge against House Harkonnen for killing his father and destroying House Atreides. Only Paul can unite the Fremens and wage war on the Harkonnen. Yet, will he choose to do it?

Dune: Part Two deserves to be seen on the biggest screen to appreciate its greatness. After seeing Dune: Part Two in theaters, come home and watch a TV series to ride the sci-fi wave. Three great sci-fi shows to watch include a peculiar series by Alex Garland, an intergalactic saga based on a famous book, and a recent space-traveling show.
Devs (2020)

Read more
Here’s why Dune: Part One is still better than Dune: Part Two
Two men stand next to each other in Dune.

After several years of hype and anticipation, Dune is back. Denis Villeneuve's mammoth adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel of the same name has gotten the sequel treatment, and Dune: Part 2 is receiving many of the same plaudits and praise that Part 1 received when it was released in 2021. It grossed over $80 million in its opening weekend, and is on the path to outdo its predecessor.

Now that we have two parts to compare, though, the natural question is which is better. While Part 2 is certainly more action forward, and a lot of the setup from Part 1 is paid off in the sequel, here are some reasons why Part 1 may still be the better movie.
Dune gave us our first look at Arrakis
Arrival To Arrakis | Dune (2021) [4K 60FPS]

Read more