Today, the magazine gave us even more to chew on. Much more! Let’s review all the new images and information from Dune cover in Vanity Fair, starting with this image of Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in the role of Paul Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica. The two are represented on the planet Arrakis, where the Atreides house travels to extract a vital spice for their universe. As we can see, they wear breathing apparatus.
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The scene was filmed in Jordan, which, if you remember, is also where a large chunk of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was shot. Dune and Star Wars already share a lot of DNA, and it looks like they will be cinematographically as well. ((Dune also filmed near Abu Dhabi, another Star Wars place of the continuation.) Chalamet said Vanity Fair filming in Jordan: “It was really surreal. There are these Goliath landscapes, which you can imagine exist on the planets of our universe, but not on Earth. “
Next, we have our first glimpse of two other female characters from Dune. The first is Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr. Liet Kynes, a role that is traded between the sexes in the books. And then there is Zendaya as Chani, “a mystery woman with bright blue eyes, who appears as a vision in Paul’s dreams”, as Vanity Fair writer Anthony Breznican says so. The article also mentions that Chani has bright blue eyes.
One of the most exciting images in this lot is our first look at Oscar Isaac as Paul’s father, Duke Leto Atreides. Here is a little more background on the plot of the film and the role of the Atreides in the magazine:
[Paul’s] father and mother, Duke Leto (played by Oscar Isaac) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), take their son from their lush Scandinavian world [Caladan] to preside over the spice extraction on Arrakis. What follows is a clash with the criminal and politically linked house Harkonnen, led by monstrous Baron Vladimir (Stellan Skarsgård), a mammoth with ruthless appetites.
Like everyone in these pictures, Isaac looks both altered and incredibly hot. And we like his armor. Behind him is Josh Brolin in the role of Gurney Halleck, whom we examine more closely in his individual image. He wears the same armor as Duke Leto. Halleck is one of the two Arrakis warriors who surrounds Paul.
The other warrior is Duncan Idaho, played by Jason Momoa. Idaho is a sword master serving the Atreides house, and is a fan favorite in the book series. (And the only character to appear in the six novels in the series.)
We had another close-up image of Lady Jessica, this time in her signature black dress. Lady Jessica is a member of the Bene Gesserit, a sect of women who are pretty much witches: they can read minds, control others, and “manipulate the balance of power in the universe.” According to Vanity Fair article, her role is much more extensive in this version, and she has a big role in the training of her son.
“She is a mother, she is a concubine, he is a soldier,” Ferguson told the magazine. “Denis was very respectful of Frank’s work in the book, [but] the quality of the bows for a large part of the women was raised to a new level. He made some changes, and they are beautifully represented now. “
Here is a glimpse of the Maison Atreides in all its badass Gothic glory.
The magazine also gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Villeneuve by Javier Bardem, who plays the leader Fremen Stiglar in the film, a character Paul meets in the deserts of Arrakis.
The article is full of fascinating Villeneuve perspectives. “This is a book that deals with politics, religion, ecology, spirituality – and with a lot of characters,” he said of Dune. “I think that’s why it’s so difficult. Honestly, this is by far the most difficult thing I have done in my life. “
Of the man who gave us Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, that says a lot – and has us completely next to us for his views on Dune, which will be released in theaters on December 18.
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