First Looks At Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Reboot Sees Timothée Chalamet As Paul Atreides

It looks as though the long-awaited Dune reboot by Denis Villeneuve is finally coming together, as we’re finally treated to the film’s first official still.

The above picture is courtesy of Frank Herbert’s son, Brian, who posted this picture of lead star Timothée Chalamet (Interstellar) as Paul Atreides on his Twitter. Brian Herbert exclaimed that his father would be “incredibly proud” at how the production is shaping up to be.

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Vanity Fair pointed out that the shot depicts “transport ships [descending] to take the Atreides leadership to their new destination”. It also describes how, with context to the film’s narrative, this was during the period where Paul was being trained by Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin), a military veteran.

Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides in Dune (1984).

Meanwhile, Paul’s parents, Duke Leto and Lady Jessica Atreides (played by Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson respectively) are governing the spice mining trade on the desert planet of Arrakis, as well as keeping an eye on the politics in the rest of the galaxy.

Paul Atreides in the 1992 Dune game.

The Dune reboot will feature quite a star-studded ensemble cast, featuring the abovementioned stars, as well as the likes of Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones).

Dune will premiere in theatres on 18 December. Despite many films pushing back their release dates due to COVID-19, it appears that the reboot will stick to its original plans, which is good news for fans if all goes well.