Arguably one of the most prestigious epic science fiction novels and franchises of all time (sorry Asimov), Frank Herbert's DUNE captured the hearts and minds of all space opera / SciFi fantasy nerds across the planet.
After a film adaptation in 1984 was released, critics had a lot to say about its ability to do the novels and Frank Herbert justice, and it was certainly on the very edge of acceptance for close fans of Arrakis (Dune) and House Atreides. Popular opinion also pushed a belief that the casting ruined DUNE's image, along with the screenwriting for the film receiving nothing but negativity from the industry.
Fear not though, as Warner Bros. and director Denis Villeneuve have cultivated an environment rich with possible redemption. And redeem they shall with their seemingly ALL-STAR casting.
Here's the trailer for Dune (2020) set for release on Dec 18:
Let's take a look at the new casting:
Protagonist Paul Atreides will be played by Timothée Chalamet as previously seen in movies like Interstellar and TV shows like Homeland. Paul's parents' mantle will be taken up by A-lister's Rebecca Ferguson (The Snowman, Mission Impossible) and Oscar Isaac (Ex-Machina, Star Wars) at the head of House Atreides.
In and amongst House Atreides royals, we have Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Josh Brolin (Deadpool, Sicario). Other well-known actors filling the rest of the major roles in the story include Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Chang Chen and Javier Bardem amongst others, and of course, our beloved Zendaya taking on the role of Freman tribeswoman, Chani, in-charge of guiding and protecting Paul Atreides.
You may as well watch the recent cast interview while you're here:
The trailer does fantastically in delivering hope that the film, directed by Denis Villeneuve and produced by Warner Bros. Pictures is on the right track to doing the novel and, indeed, Frank Herbert justice in every sense of the word, but we shall find out soon enough.
Bring on December 18th when we'll be able to taste that sweet Melange!