A close look at the characters from Dune is now available, as the much-delayed movie finally inches closer to release. Eight character one-sheets have emerged for the Denis Villeneuve adaption of the best-selling science fiction novel by Frank Herbert.
Dune is set in the distant future, 10,191 AG. (26,392 AD.), amidst a feudal interstellar society in which various noble houses control planetary fiefs. It tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose family accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis. While the planet is an inhospitable and sparsely populated desert wasteland, it is the only source of melange, or “the spice,” a drug that extends life and enhances mental abilities. Melange is also necessary for space navigation, which requires a kind of multidimensional awareness and foresight that only the drug provides.
As melange can only be produced on Arrakis, control of the planet is thus a coveted and dangerous undertaking. Enemies on all sides conspire to take back control of Arrakis from House Atreides.
Herbert wrote five sequels: Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune.
Adaptations of the novel have been notoriously difficult. Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to make a movie based on the novel and spent three years developing it, only for the budget to balloon and the production to be canceled.
In 1984, an adaptation directed by David Lynch and featuring Sting in plastic underpants was released to a negative reaction and disappointing box-office.
Denis Villeneuve’s is scheduled to be released on October 22, 2021, and is intended as part 1 of a two-part adaption of the story.
Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and Stephen McKinley Henderson feature in an ensemble cast.
Dune is said to be being released both in theaters and on HBO Max, despite the Yeuh poster proclaiming a theatrical release.