The new take on Frank Herbert’s novel, directed by Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 auteur Denis Villeneuve, stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, a character Dune enthusiasts will note was previously played by Kyle MacLachlan in the David Lynch adaptation in 1984.
The heir to the noble House Atreides, Paul—who’s haunted by visions of a mysterious girl—is called to leave his childhood home behind for a new life on an extremely dangerous planet. There, Chalamet’s character must confront his deepest fears while in pursuit of his true destiny.
Lynch, famously, did not have final cut approval on his 1984 Dune adaptation. In fact, the Twin Peaks co-creator said in 2019 that he still considered the film to be a “huge gigantic sadness” in his life. Villeneuve, meanwhile, is believed to have had a much better experience.
Last September, the director reflected on first falling in love with the source material as a teenager and detailed the conditions he requested before signing on to do the movie. The story itself, he added during a SlashFilm-documented press conference in 2020, is “more relevant than ever” right now.
Catch the new Dune trailer up top. Joining Chalamet in the cast are Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, and more. Handling the music for Villeneuve’s latest is Hans Zimmer, who previously worked for the director on Blade Runner 2049.