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Timothée Chalamet has taken his rightful place as Muad’Dib, prophet of the Fremen, in the first trailer for “Dune: Part Two.”
“In the first movie, Paul Atredis is a college student,” Chalamet told the crowd at CinemaCon on Tuesday, teasing a first look at the sci-fi epic. “We really see Paul Atreides becoming a leader here.”
And with that newfound power comes the thrill of riding the massive sandworms that inhabit the remote planet where “Dune” is set (something that comes to life amazingly in the new footage, as Paul holds on for life).
When viewers last checked in with Paul Atreides, he and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), had fled to the desert of Arrakis, after being betrayed by Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. After being taken in by the Fremen, the planet’s native inhabitants, Paul is now a full part of the resistance. A sign of all that has changed, Paul’s eyes are now an icy blue, just like the rest of the Fremen (excessive consumption of spice, a mind-altering drug that grants heightened consciousness, is the cause of the colored peepers dramatic). As fans of Frank Herbert’s book know, Paul is blessed/cursed with visions of the future, which gives him great power.
These are not the only changes. Zendaya’s character, Chani, a peripheral figure from the first film, is now ready for war and takes on a much larger role. And Ferguson left her royal ways behind, looking grittier while covered in facial tattoos. Zendaya says the film will explore the budding relationship between Paul and Chani. “They’re still just two young people trying to grow up and fall in love and live,” she told the CinemaCon audience.
Denis Villeneuve returns to direct “Dune: Part Two,” which brings back Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista and Javier Bardem and features new characters played by Austin Butler (here seen in chalky white makeup) and a regal-looking Florence Pugh. Villeneuve shot the entire film with IMAX cameras. He added that he had built new sets in order “to avoid repetition”.
“We went to all the new places…everything is new in the film,” Villeneuve promised.
“Dune: Part Two” is set to be released on November 3. Warner Bros. released the footage at his CinemaCon presentation, where he also teased “The Flash,” “Barbie,” and sequels to “The Meg” and “Aquaman.” ”