‘Dune’ Teaser Trailer: Fear is the Mind Killer

A first look at the teaser trailer to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, based on the epic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert.

The teaser trailer to Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE posted today and it’s totally hyping me up for the full trailer that will be released tomorrow. Based on the epic science fiction classic by Frank Herbert, the film tells the story of young Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), the heir to a dukedom whose life is irrevocably altered after his family receives control of the planet Arrakis.

Arrakis is a place of strategic importance in the imperium of Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV as the spice melange can only be harvested there. This substance is highly valued as it makes safe interstellar travel possible and awakens prescience in some humans. Formerly Arrakis was led by the deviously cunning Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgard) of House Harkonnen and rival of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac).

The teaser trailer opens with a modified version of the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear spoken by Paul. The Bene Gesserit is a mysterious sisterhood that wields considerable power and influence in the universe partially through their prescient abilities via the consumption of melange.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me. When the fear is gone there will be nothing, only I will remain.”

We then get headshots of Gurney Halleck, Chani, Stilgar, Paul, Duke Leto, Duncan Idaho, and Lady Jessica followed by a quick shot of the planet and a close up on Paul possibly on Arrakis since he seems to be squinting a bit. Watch the teaser now:

Joining Chalamet is an all-star cast including Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and Stephen McKinley-Henderson.

The original Dune series spans six books and the film covers the first half of the first novel as we follow Paul’s journey into a new land and the difficult challenges ahead of him. This latest movie adaptation is still set to be released in the U.S. December 18, 2020. Previously, David Lynch directed a version in 1984 starring Kyle MacLachlan, Sting, Patrick Stewart, and Virginia Madsen. Syfy also produced a mini-series of Dune (2000) and Children of Dune (2003).

Dune is a story where science, politics, ethics, religion and the environment are all intertwined. It is a sweeping saga filled with complex characters, multifaceted narratives, and expansive world building. I for one can’t wait to see the full trailer tomorrow!

About Nicole C

Nicole is the Features Editor for The Workprint. She may or may not be addicted to coffee, audiobooks, and sci-fi.

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