This new trailer shows more of the dynamic that Paul Atreides has with other characters, including a surprising comedic moment in his friendship with Momoa’s Duncan Idaho. But most importantly, the footage makes it clear who is plotting against House Atreides to keep themselves in a seat of power in the universe: Skarsgård’s Baron Harkonnen. He and his violent nephew, Grassu Raban (Dave Bautista) wage war on Arrakis, violently massacring Paul’s family — which pushes him towards the blue-eyed Fremen, a group of natives on the planet.
The Fremen are tied with Paul’s own messianic destiny on Arrakis, as he’s shown to have prophetic dreams of one mysterious individual, Chani (Zendaya). Clearly, they’ll be a useful ally in the war against House Harkonnen — something that’s definitely going to escalate throughout the film considering Paul’s impressively brutal hand-to-hand fight at the end of the trailer. Although “Dune” is heading to HBO Max, the sheer scale of Villeneuve’s latest offering clearly deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
Just picture how intimidating the Sandworms will look in IMAX. Because the trailer certainly does a good job of delivering a nightmarish vision of the behemoths that live below Arrakis’ sandy surface. The original series of books by Frank Herbert are particularly dense with mythology, but the details in first “Dune” trailer look like the film might deliver something truly special. Hopefully the epic will be worth the wait when “Dune” hits theaters on October 22.