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Take a first look at 'Dune'

“Tell me of the waters of your homeworld, Usul.”

Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures have today released a first image from Dune, the upcoming big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s perennial sci-fi classic. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners, SicarioBlade Runner 2049), the film stars Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Little Women) as Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding.

Vanity Fair today debuted the below image, which features Chalamet’s Paul on his homeworld of Caladan. This is where Paul’s story begins, just before travels to Arrakis (aka Dune), the most dangerous planet in the universe.

Timothee Chalamet plays Paul Atredies in Dune, in movie theaters December 18, 2020.

Also starring Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, the Star Wars franchise), Josh Brolin (Milk, Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgård (Breaking the Waves, Insomnia), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, SPECTRE), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, HBO’s Euphoria), David Dastmalchian (Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences, Lady Bird), Chang Chen (Mr. Long, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Netflix’s Sex Education), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, HBO’s Game of Thrones), and Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall).

Villeneuve directed Dune from a screenplay he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, based on Herbert’s 1965 novel. The film is produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo and Villeneuve. Executive producers include Tanya Lapointe, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Jon Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein, John Harrison and Herbert W. Gains, with Kevin J. Anderson serving as creative consultant.

Behind the scenes, Villeneuve reteamed with two-time Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette (Arrival, Sicario, The Young Victoria), two-time Oscar-nominated editor Joe Walker (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, 12 Years a Slave), two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert (First Man, Blade Runner 2049), and Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer (Blade Runner 2049). He also collaborated for the first time with Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (Lion, Zero Dark Thirty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story); three-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (The Revenant, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Quills) and co-costume designer Bob Morgan; and stunt coordinator Tom Struthers (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception). Composer Hans Zimmer (Blade Runner 2049, Inception, Gladiator, The Lion King) is creating the score.

Look for Dune to hit the big screen December 18 and check back later this week for more new photos!


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.