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Dune Trailer Official Breakdown

Updated: Oct 15, 2021

The release date for Frank Herbert’s Dune as directed by Denis Villeneuve fash approaches and is set for October 22. As one of the most influential series of its generation, there is little wonder at the hype this film attracts. The final trailer dropped October 7, 2021, and is packed full of juicy information and easter eggs so watch out for spoilers ahead.

The trailer opens up with Zendaya as Chani, one of the Freman natives of Arrakis, speaking as scenes of death and destruction flash across the screen. We see the sand, the iconic 'stillsuit' and so we know this is on the planet Arrakis, known as Dune.

We see Dave Bautista as the Beast Rabben Harkonnen.

Then we flash to a lush green world, Caladan, the homeland of Paul Atreides. Timothée Chalamet as Paul is seen speaking with Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Swordmaster of House Atreides. Paul talks to Duncan about Chani, a girl in his dreams, and asks to go with him to the planet Arrakis.

Then we get shots of Paul speaking with his father, Oscar Issac, about his fears, training with Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Duke Leto Atreides giving a speech as House Atreides prepares to move to their new home on Arrakis.

Then we get Stellan Skarsgård as the leader of House Harkonnen telling The Beast Rabban to kill all of House Atreides before what fans of the books would know as the betrayal appears on the screen.

We get some amazing fight scenes of Duncan Idaho smashing face before we return to more explosions probably occurring during the betrayal. We see images of the Freman people in Stillsuits saluting on a lush, green world and then some Ornithopter aerial combat.

Then we come to what we have all been waiting for: some truly epic shots of the Sandworms at the center of all the conflict in this story.

More scenes of the betrayal play out amid scenes of Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica Atreides as played by Rebecca Furguson, joining the Freman people out among the sands. More explosions and more Worms and we end with Paul as the Kwisatz Haderach leading his Freman warriors on a Jihad before Riding a sandworm.

There is so much to unpack here and so little time. Fans of the novels will recognize that this trailer contains some actual events that take place during the story while other scenes will be the future and Paul and a few other characters have precognizant abilities. This epic tale is in the scope of Game of Thrones or Star Wars, but unfortunately, we don’t get the background for the events of the film in this trailer.

House Atreides and House Harkonnen are bitter rivals in a feudal, galactic empire. The Emperor is scared at the influence House Atreides is gaining and so plots to destroy them with the aid of House Harkonnen by sending them to Arrakis to protect the melange or “spice” the single most important resource in the galaxy as it enables those precognizant powers and allows the empire to travel the stars safely.

The sandworms are native creatures of Arrakis and the true producers of the spice.

The Kwisatz Haderach is a messiah-like figure to the Freman people, prophesied to lead them in a holy jihad that could consume the entire universe. Paul becomes this figure when he and his mother undergo a ritual where they must drink the Water of Life, which is another product of the sandworms of Arrakis.

The scale of this film and the others to follow promises to be huge. We have epic, aerial dogfights, betrayals, and empire-shaking politics by leaders, rebels, and shadow organizations. But nothing less can be expected from the story that has so inspired that most people know about it without ever having read the book.

There is so much more to the journey of House Atreides than can be discussed here, but the movie Dune by Denis Villeneuve promises to excite and amaze everyone, regardless of how much Dune knowledge they have. When Dune releases, sit back, relax, and remember, “Fear is the mind-killer.”

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Christopher Thomas is a contributing writer here at He enjoys movies, television, and other forms of nerdery.

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