Whelp – it’s been an insane year – no doubt about it, but FINALLY there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is the trailer to Denis Villeneuve’s version of the epic adventure film Dune, based on Frank Herbert’s cult masterpiece. Fans rejoice- the film is the first of an ambitious two part series.
Regal was invited to an exclusive sit down interview with the cast of Dune, and as if that wasn’t cool enough- the event was hosted by Dune fanatic (!!!) Stephen Colbert. Obviously, we knew this would be an entertaining discussion with one of the greatest casts EVER assembled, but also relieved that the world premier of the Dune trailer was in the best possible hands.
Here are our 5 key takeaways from the Dune trailer drop:
The Trailer is Actually Insane: Dune is arguably one of the most layered worlds in the Sci-Fi genre, so to capture the sheer scope in a small amount of time is no small task. However, it does exactly that and also accomplishes the goal of any good trailer: Making. Us. Want. More. Although Dune has been adapted before, this tease makes it very clear it has never been brought to life quite like this. After processing what our movie deprived eyeballs just witnessed, there were many questions- but one stuck out the most: WHY IS IT NOT DECEMBER YET ?!?!?
The Cast Is The Mount Rushmore Of Good Movies: Chalamet, Momoa, Brolin, Ferguson – Must we go on?!? It’s one thing for a film of this caliber to have “A” List Talent – but to cast it so perfectly with some of actors who can claim the greatest films in recent memory under their belts – sets the bar pretttty high. The trailer simply proves that Dune is functioning on an entirely different (and ambitious) level than perhaps some of the stories it has inspired. Rounding out the cast is: Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Dave Bautista as Glossu Beast Raban, Zendaya as Chani, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Liet-Kynes, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, and Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica. The importance of Ferguson’s Lady Jessica was confirmed with Chalamet saying “Simply put, there is no Dune without Lady Jessica.” Chalamet went on to say that Ferguson brought a “contemporary urgency to the role.” Isaac’s echoed Lady Jessica’s magnitude by saying Lady Jessica “is the engine of the events that happen.” Consider us intrigued.
Two Films / One Vision: Director Denis Villeneuve is the perfect person to bring Frank Herbert’s novel and Arrakis to life with the care that die hard Dune fans and newbies deserve. Not only is he a singular talent who has already directed “Blade Runner 2049”, “Arrival”, and “Sicario” to name a few - but listening to him speak about Dune it becomes very clear that he is a super fan and undisputed expert. Die hard fans will be comforted to know that Villeneuve cares so much for the world that he would not sign onto the film unless Dune was a two part adaptation. And with two parts – one thing is very clear: This approach gives Villeneuve the breadth to commit to the story, but also provides him with the luxury to commit to all the layers Herbert created.
Location Location Location: Denis states: “In order to bring Dune to the screen, I needed to be as close to nature as possible, so when people see the movie they will be amazed by the power of the landscape.” He was not kidding. The landscape is so powerful in the trailer; we literally can’t imagine what this world will look like on the big screen it was intended for. Although the sweeping saga kicks off in a landscape as barren as my 2020 calendar – Chalamet points out that the real scope of Dune is located within the viewer, saying “I’m a big believer that the art takes place in the head of the audience member.” When pressed as to what shooting on location meant to Isaacs he jokingly said “ I’ll just say that no set piece, no X Wing, no Millennium Falcon could compare to the sheer scale of - Josh Brolin’s head”. Ouch.
Fear Is The Mind Killer – No this next paragraph is not about some quote you find on a coffee mug at your Aunt’s house, it is about the spine that runs through the world of Dune. Frank Herbert wrote “I must not fear, fear is the mind killer….”. This manifesto of sorts is taught to the order of the Benee Gesseret, and has leapt off the pages of Dune and has taken on a life of its own. This phrase plays a pivotal role, and has inspired countless readers of the series ever since. Not only did the cast touch on this theme in the interview, but also it serves as a reminder on how great movies can not only entertain but also instruct. After watching the trailer, we confess the only thing we fear is not seeing the sweeping adventure that is Dune at Regal RIGHT NOW.
Simply put - Dune is the movie we have been waiting for. Just imagine Regal's screens capturing every last grain of sand on Arrakis, Oscar Isaac’s enviable Beard, and arguably one of the greatest casts in recent memories. When asked why 2020 is the perfect time to welcome Dune, Denis said, “It’s a call for change, and Dune is more relevant than ever.”
Without further ado - enjoy the Dune Trailer!