Dune trailer: Denis Villeneuve sci-fi saga looks beyond epic – CNET

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We now have the first trailer for Dune, an epic and star-studded new version of the classic sci-fi novel series. Dune trailer: Denis Villeneuve sci-fi saga looks beyond epic

The man in charge is Denis Villeneuve, Oscar-winning French-Canadian director who already proved his mastery of thoughtful and grandly spectacular sci-fi with Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. The Dune trailer makes it clear he's taking things up a notch in terms of scale, as this new adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune books looks set to be an epic of epics. Seriously, get a load of this thing:

Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, scion of a dynasty of powerful space nobles up to their neck in space legends and space politics. Oscar Isaac is his space dad, staking his clan's future on a desert planet where space witches, space baddies and absolutely enormous space worms clash amid the wind-whipped glittering sand. Also roaming the dunes is Emmy-nominated Zendaya, the beguiling figure from our young hero's space dreams.

Playing out to the soaring strains of epic tune Eclipse, originally by Pink Floyd, the trailer also gives a few glimpses of the fittingly stellar cast. Charlotte RamplingDave BautistaJason MomoaJavier BardemJosh BrolinRebecca Ferguson and Stellan Skarsgård appear decked out in lavish costumes amid vast sets and sumptuous imagery, in a film that will clearly give Blade Runner 2049 a run for its money in terms of signature style.

And this is just the start: A sequel is already planned to complete the story, as well as a TV series, Dune: The Sisterhood with Villeneuve also involved.

Dune is scheduled to be released in theaters Dec. 18. Fingers crossed it's as legendary as the trailer promises.

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