FIRST LOOK: Timothée Chalamet in ‘Dune’

An exclusive first look at Timothée Chalamet as protagonist  Paul Atreides from Dune has been released  to Vanity Fair magazine. The photo (seen below) shows Paul still on his home planet of Caladan before he and his family travel to Arrakis and take over the dangerous spice mining operations of the desert planet.

The assignment to take over the planet throws the Atreides family into political turmoil as they will quickly butt heads with House Harkonnen, who previously were operating the mining operations on Arrakis.

Vanity Fair reports, “This is the first look at Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides on his native planet of Caladan from this December’s film version of the novel, directed by Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. The 1965 book was so seismic in its influence that its echoes still turn up in sci-fi and fantasy storytelling half a century later. Still, it has stubbornly defied appropriate adaptation itself.”

“He thinks he’s going to be sort of a young general studying his father and his leadership of a fighting force before he comes of age, hopefully a decade later, or something like that.” Chalamet said. But fate has a different timetable for him. And he may possess powers even his trainers could not anticipate.

In the shot, the transport ships descend to take the Atreides leadership to their new destination.

Dune, still set to open on December 18, is one of the blockbusters that hasn’t yet shifted back due to the coronavirus outbreak.