On September 9, 2020, there will be some kind of full trailer for Dune 2020, that will be transmitted directly into our brains. Like the spice melange, this trailer will transform our minds, and perhaps give us extrasensory powers.
It will also make you psyched-as-hell for the new Dune, even if you don’t really know — or care — about the books. There’s one simple reason. Timothée Chalamet’s performance as Paul Atreides, the guy who is destined to become Muad’Dib, looks awesome. The short teaser trailer that has been viewed by a select few is enough to make this version of Dune your next obsession. Mild spoilers ahead.
Recently, rumors of a Dune 2020 teaser trailer swirled around the internet and, I’m here to tell you that those rumors were true. That footage is very short and it is awesome. I have seen this footage. It is not a full trailer, but something that teases another, longer trailer. At one point, the words “watch the trailer on September 9th” appear. So, the leaked Dune trailer footage isn’t really trailer footage, but instead a trailer for a trailer.
Still, this is real-deal footage from Dune, and it’s pretty much exactly as the leaks have described. The scene from the first book in which the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother tests Paul is recreated faithfully. Paul has his hand in the pain box, the Reverend Mother is holding the Gom Jabbar poison needle to his neck. We see some cool, sweeping footage of the planet Arrakis itself, and that’s pretty much it. But, in all of that, the thing that stands out the most is this film’s star, Chalamet as Paul Atreides. In the very short time that I watched him in this tiny amount footage, I’m convinced he was the right person for the part. He’s out-of-breath, confused, but also confident and assertive. Paul’s eyes don’t become the glowing blue-in-blue shade that they’re destined to be later in the story, but you can see in Chalamet’s eyes that he is this character. He’s the perfect blend of fierce and innocent, which is what this very complicated role of Paul Atreides requires.