Denis Villeneuve’s long-awaited adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune is just a few short months away, and to remind movie-goers of that fact, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for the project.
The trailer shows off Arrakis’s epic landscapes and the brutality that the world’s native Fremen have endured under House Harkonnen, teasing an epic story detailing control over the world.
We’ve been expecting this trailer for about a week now: The studio held a special IMAX event this week that gave fans an advance look at the film and trailer, which has brought out a share of pretty positive reviews.
The film is based on part of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. This film will cover only the first section of the sprawling book, which followed the rise and fall of House Atreides as they’re dispatched to a desert planet called Arrakis (aka, Dune), where they’re to take over from a rival aristocratic house, the Harkonnens.
Arrakis is a valuable planet to their galaxy: It’s the one place where a drug called Melange is found, which unlocks some mental powers in humans that allows them to navigate space. Once House Atreides arrives, they’re quickly overthrown, leaving Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica, to flee into the desert where they seek help from the Fremen, native tribesmen who are looking to overthrow their oppressors and free their world.
Where the first trailer briefly introduced the world and its characters, this one goes all in on the central core of Herbert’s story—a war for control over the planet and its resources. It opens with Chani (Zendaya) talking about the oppression that she and her people face, interlaced with plenty of images of attacks and slaughter at the hands of House Harkonnen. After that, we jump over to Paul (Timothée Chalamet), who says that he’s been having visions ahead of his family’s departure for the planet.
Along the way, we’ve got some incredibly imagery from Villeneuve of the planet—epic desert scenes, giant spaceships (including a couple that look as though they took some design cues from another of his films, Arrival), and some big set-piece battles.
The film was originally set to be released last year, but because of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions, Warner Bros. opted to delay the film’s release until this year.
Dune is set to debut on HBO Max and in theaters on October 22nd. If the film’s successful, Warner Bros. has some big plans for the project—a sequel film that will continue to adapt the events of the first book, and a spinoff series for HBO Max called Dune: The Sisterhood, signaling that Warner Bros. is looking at Dune as a bigger franchise that could live on with further adaptations. Between Herbert’s novels and the extended universe that his son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson have been writing, there’s plenty of material to draw from.