The first still images from French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve‘s (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic 1965 sci-fi novel Dune have been released via Vanity Fair and they are stunning. Villeneuve has described Dune as his “dream” project, but would only agree to take on the job if he could tell the story in two parts, explaining to Vanity Fair, “The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.” Warner Bros. agreed and spared no expense to send the production to southern Jordan, where the “surreal” landscape of sandstone and granite canyons perfectly double for the alien world of Arrakis, or “Dune,” the home of the vital “spice” that is the galaxy’s most precious resource and the source of all conflict.
In the first photo reveal, we got our first look at Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides on his native planet of Caladan. In subsequent still photos, taken by Chiabella James, we see Atreides on his new home planet of Dune and get our first look at other members of the House Atreides — including Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck and Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho — and Zendaya as the Fremen Chani.
Go to Vanity Fair to see more stunning still images from Dune!
Dune was directed by Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay he wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. The cast includes Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir and Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Liet Kynes.
The movie is slated for release in theaters on December 18, 2020.
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