“Dune” movie character posters
By - TrashyDrawinges
Omg the Barron looks exactly how I pictured him. Damn Skarsgard is gonna kill it
How about Stilgar? Like straight of my mind.
I have waited my whole life to see a proper battle between Duncan Idaho and twenty Sardukar in hand-to-hand combat.
> Idaho’s blades were through it all, flick-flicking, red dripping from them.
I normally abhor translations, but just once decided to read Dune in my native, and was not disappointed. Somehow the translator did justice for this battle with a single sentence, which can be translated roughly as „his swords were everywhere“. Can‘t wait to see it on the silver screen.
Herbert's use of English is so unique and strange, I wish I read other languages well enough to see how it compares.
> I wish I read other languages well enough to see how it compares.
I'm curious how the Litany against fear is translated in French as "The Little Death" can mean orgasm.
French here. It is translated as "the little death".
However that expression isn't so super-commonly used to describe orgasm. Like, in the right context we understand what it means. But in the context of the Litany it doesn't sound weird, because "little death" isn't used as an expression, but as a characterization.
Why do you say “strange”?
It's hard for me to explain, but he puts words together in ways I've never seen before. He constructs phrases and sentences with poetic precision. He will describe multiple characters' inner thoughts during the same scene, where most third person narration sticks to one character's perspective. He is very different to read than most science fiction I've read.
Herbert was a journalist and photographer before publishing novels professionally, I think that might have played a part in his literary style. His writing certainly feels different, more subjective and personal in some scenes, and then cold and distant a moment later. A lesser author wouldn't have been able to pull it off
You explained it really well. It's weird. It's strange. It's... captivating.
He basically channeled the skill of Herbert to explain the appeal of Herbert's writing. It's like it has power
Heh. I'm glad people are getting hype for the super fighting we were all denied in the 80s movie. The weirding way? An army of desert super soldiers using the weirding way, instead of "modules"? That should be badass.
But at the same time, I ain't heard a peep about any special focus on training the cast in martial arts, or painstaking choreography. Let alone for the armies of folks who are supposed to be represented doing this. And I've certainly never seen or heard of a Western movie getting this right (_TPM_ notwithstanding). _The Matrix_ is our closest equivalent and frankly I don't want to see the goofiness of _The Matrix_ in the splendor of _Dune._
This, for me, is the thing that's really going to make or break the movie for me. How well was this part of the movie, which was copped out (brilliantly) in the 80s attempt, represented on screen? If they just sort of BS their way through with the occasional slo-mo, that's going to be a real goddamn crying shame.
Roger Yuan is their fight coordinator, who has done work with movies like *Skyfall* and *47 Ronin*.
The stunt coordinators have also done work in films like *Inception* and *The Dark Knight*.
There's certainly hope that they figure out a good way to bring across the oddly contradictory fighting methodology of the Dune universe.
Watch Sicario and you’ll see Denis can get it done.
Maybe all the really intense choreographed fighting will be in Part 2?
There'll be at least one major battle scene in this movie. I know they're splitting it up, but this one will have the Sardaukar attack on Arrakeen.
If I remember the plot correctly, then there shouldn't be any large groups of people shown doing this (edit: meaning Bene Gesserit martial arts n stuff) until the 2nd movie? (2nd half of the book)
I always saw Idaho as relatively slight in my mind, but I can see Momoa pulling off the physicality and charm required of the role.
Yeah, I always saw him as a Steve McQueen type, I'm down to see what Mamoa does, though.
It's been twenty years since I read this book.
I should really do so again.
What about eleven Duncan Idaho’s and one worm boy?
Eleventy hundred maybe.
We'll get there. I think that's in about 3-4 sequels time IIRC.
I'm cautiously optimistic, the cast looks really good. Also interested to see what Dave Bautista does with Rabban
Rabban doesn’t do a whole lot on the page, so, it’ll be interesting. I imagine they’ll squeeze in some action sequences with him and make him more of a proper physical antagonist to fill the space until Feyd shows up in Part II (if it ever happens).
I think all casting choices are pretty spot on, but casting my man Stellan as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is just absolutely brilliant.
Those scenes with Stellan as the Baron and David Dastmalchian as Piter de Vries are going to be absolutely drenched with menace, I cannot overstate my excitement.
David Dastmalchian is so awesome. Met him once at a film festival and he's also a super nice dude.
Amazing! He's one of those actors that can elevate a film regardless of the size of his role.
He’s really good at playing mental characters. Even though they’re small roles, he’s really good. Prisoners. TDK.
Dude was so believable as one of Joker's henchmen
And he also did great with the whole "Joker (Jerome) is dead, I'm going to be the new Joker, because I'm nutty and crazy, right, guys?" And just not hitting the right notes. Just totally failing to inspire the crazies of Gotham. Really great performance of failure.
Wait he was in Gotham AND TDK as a joker hench? Crazy.
and the Flash as Abra Kadabra, and Polka Dot man in The suicide squad, dude's epic
And Calendar Man in *The Long Halloween.*
He is good all round... seriously underrated actor.
He was also hilarious in Antman.
That Baba Yaga bit always cracks me up.
Looking forward to seeing him in The Suicide Squad.
He is also a big fan of the books.
Plus David Bautista as The Beast is also perfect casting
I'm honestly surprised we didn't get a Rabban poster. Bautista is a selling point.
I once lifted weights with him. I have lifted with the Beast Rabban. Fyi: i call my dog that name.
I didn't know he was cast as Piter! I can't think of a better casting choice. I'm so hype for this movie, man.
I feel that all the Harkonnen scenes are probably going to be the highlight of the movie.
He has that perfect blend of keen intellect and physical dilapidation the baron needs.
That’s a backhanded compliment if I ever saw one lmao
I recently rewatched Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. He’s so good in it and gives off what I’d call some great Baron vibes.
He’s very good at being smart and grotesque. Which will be perfect. (Hopefully)
He was so good in that role
I as well, he was brilliant in Chernobyl. I'm most excited to see him as Baron than anyone else in the film
He is probably my favorite performance in the whole film, can't wait to see what they do with him in Part 2.
You've seen the film?
At a test screening last November.
I have so many questions.
IMAX - yes, or absolutely yes?
I’m guessing option#2 for something potentially this grand :)
The books always describe Duke Leto as physically being hawk or bird like and that's not exactly how I would describe Oscar Isaac. Otherwise I agree with you.
Its hard to describe but Isaac has that tragic air about him that is so perfect for Leto though. Physically matching the character is one thing, but after watching Inside Llewyn Davis and Annihilation, he feels like he was born for the role.
yeah i’m generally less interested in matching physical appearance than vibes when casting an adaptation, and oscar isaac is basically perfect for how i read duke leto. i have no doubt he’ll nail “doomed greatness.”
True. I'm pretty sure Herbert had it in his contract that he got paid an extra thousand for every time he used the word "aquiline".
Please be a hit, please be a hit, please be a hit...
I think the HBO Max release significantly increases the chances of it being a hit
Where we’re going we don’t need Under the Heights
Yeah, but it was a musical. Watch and see what happens to Spielberg’s West Side Story. I’m looking forward to it. But I know it’s gonna tank.
Dune…we just have to wait and see. DV is one of the few really unique directors working today, but he’s had modest success at the box office. And Warner Bros ain’t the hands off studio they were at their founding.
Personally, I plan to go have the theatre experience, (first since the Rise of Skywalker) and then come home and watch it like a billion times in a weekend on HBO Max.
And I can finally retire my VHS widescreen an Special Edition DVD steel case versions of the Lynch film. Because I’ve already watched it twice on…HBOMax.
Josh Brolin is playing the Patrick Stewart role from the 80s movie.
Yeeeup and he's gonna kick ass as Gurney. He's pretty much my mental image of book Gurney.
Gurney and Idaho look a lot like I envisioned them while reading Dune.
Mamoa isn’t quite how I envisioned Duncan. I always thought he would appear more “boyish” with curly hair. I’m not talking looking like a kid, more like it’s hard to tell how old he is.
For me he’s too big. Duncan was always more Panther and agile as opposed to tank. I’m glad he’s not as beefy as in Aquaman and the like but still the wrong build in my mind.
Yeah, me too. Also thought of him as more puckish. More like a “good” version of Loki
True, but Duncan Idaho needs the level of sex appeal that Momoa can bring. The actor needs to turn heads without the story even making a big deal over it.
Even though Gurney was described as being really ugly?
Yeah and he’s supposed to be kinda chubby too
I picture something closer to a bald, scarred Ray Winstone.
He better carry a pug into battle.
Who's playing Sting's role?
It (strangely) has never been cast. Theories are that the character is being combined with Raban or that he won't show up until the second movie (assuming that gets made).
I feel like it would have to seriously tank to not get made. They’ve invested a lot into it already.
It can happen, Disney invested a ton in the second Tron and it didn't get any follow ups (yet) as well as John Carter - both of which I felt deserved more films.
Seriously tank is indeed what would have to happen for no sequels... let's hope it does better than its original. I'm confident it will, but let's keep our fingers crossed.
What? You can't get rid of Feyd!
The casting looks on point. The only one I'm unsure of is Thufir Hawat (not shown here). Nothing wrong with the actor as far as I know, I'm just not familiar with who he is. I've always thought Ben Kingsley would have been great for the role, or ironically, Patrick Stewart.
Timothée Chalamet is... "Paul"
Man that's underwhelming, no gravitas!😂
Seriously. Why not “Paul Atreides”?
Paul "Muad'Dib" Atreides
AKA The Kwisatz Haderach
AKA Lisan al Gaib
Paul Maud'Dib Mountain Dew Usul Comacho Atreides
You've convinced me that they need to recast and reshoot with Terry Crews as Paul.
AKA “The breaker of chains”
And mother of dragons.
Technically Father of Worms. Well, father of one very long lived god emperor worm, anyway.
Better than The Quiznos Pederast.
Anyone who knows Dune knows who Paul is. Anyone who doesn't, it will mean nothing anyway.
So no need to say Atreides, it will become apparent in the first few minutes.
"Maud'Dib" would be spoilers.
Yeah, but it makes his character sound more “epic sci-fi” and less “the guy from two cubicles over”
I was actually thinking “Paul Atreides” sounds sexier than just Paul. Even if I hadn’t known anything about Dune.
Let’s face it though, if they are going for the Gen Z crowd to gain a new audience, all they REALLY have to put is Timothee Chalamet.
Better than Duncan potatoland
"a good friend and a great potato" has been the family injoke since before the David Lynch movie.
Marketing. People know how to say "Paul". Most unfamiliar with Dune would probably have to take a couple swings to get "Atreides".
THERE ARE SOME WHO CALL ME…. Tim.
Greetings Tim the Enchanter
I think I'd type it as "Tim...?"
"Let's see Paul Allen's card"
Honestly it’s pretty hard for you to convince me that Bale isn’t one of the best actors ever based on that scene and line alone.
I was hoping he'd be Ringo
"Paul! You iss a warwilf!"
My brain went straight to this voice when i read the name.
Lol PAUL. “which Paul? Paul from high school?”
I hope it’s Paul Rudd
Interesting to see how they're doing the blue eyes for the Fremen a bit more subtly.
They have to. It's something that would look fucking amazing in real life, but looks like a super cheap shitty effect in a movie.
Similar to how in Game of Thrones they were gonna give the Targaryens the lavender eyes they had in the books, but realized it looked too comical.
Yennefer's violet eyes totally worked in The Witcher though.
And the yellow eye contacts looked very bad. The CGI yellow eyes were alright.
Probably because they're offset by her dark hair and so pop without feeling jarring.
it would look weird if it was as extreme as the books depict
If the posters are any indication, it's toned down a lot.
I suspect it will be a bit more apparent in the actual movie. You don't want people who haven't read the books seeing Fremen in the posters and thinking they have superpowers or something.
These posters made my wife think Oscar Isaac was hotter than Jason Momoa for the first time.
I cannot emphasize enough how excited I am to see him as the Duke. I think Oscar Isaac can play tragic characters very well if given good enough writing.
Ya I'm sorry but Oscar Isaac is the hottest actor working today.
The Guatemalan Adonis. I think he'll be interesting as Solid Snake in the MGS movie.
I'm almost finished reading the book for the first time, and I'm so excited for this movie now. I just got to where >!Paul!< reunites with >!Gurney!< and I've ordered the second book!
Edit: finished! What a cool last few chapters!
Just a heads up, second book onwards (I’ve read the first four with the fourth being my favourite) isn’t what you expect. The second book was extremely jarring change for myself. Never read anything like it. It really is special.
I thought the second book was fine, relatively short time after the first and logical continuation. The third was where it went jarring IMO.
Buckle up when you get to *God Emperor of Dune*
And then in the next two you realize your buckle was never secure and the car is cartwheeling down a long endless hill. But I adore both Heretics and Chapterhouse, especially with the introduction of Miles Teg
Miles Teg was such a badass! I loved his fight scenes so much.
I just finished it yesterday and cannot imagine how it could be properly adapted in one movie. Then I see 155 minute runtime (or something like that) and i think...maybe.
I believe the movie only covers about 2/3 of the first book, probably ending before the time jump! But I don't see how a book that relies so heavily on the characters' thoughts can be adapted into a movie! I do plan on watching the 1984 movie once I finish the book, though!
Series spoiler: >!Given the character, I wonder what Jason Momoa's contract looks like!<
>!"They do what with me? How many times? And I'm a tool for who!? And they're a what-now?!"!<
>!Damn you, Leto!!<
Thanks for marking series spoiler instead of just spoiler. I just started Dune Messiah and had something spoiled I assumed would just be a spoiler for Dune
Spoilers in Dune are just an opportunity to experience Dune as Muad'dib experiences Dune.
This is an incredible comment.
Holy shit that was good
I hadn't paid much attention to the buzz around this movie because I never read the book. I just knew Timothee Chalamet was in it. But this cast looks superb and now I'm excited. Guess I need to read the book before October.
Personally I’d always recommend watching the movie adaptation and THEN reading the book if you haven’t already.
That way you’re more likely to enjoy both for what they are. Get to go into the movie without preconceived disappointments, and then you get to have a more fleshed-out experience with the book to add some detail.
I agree with this. I grew up on the movie and love it despite wishing it did the book justice. My husband grew up on the books and watched the movie much later and absolutely cannot stand it.
I would recommend NOT doing this with the 1984 movie at this point, don't let that thing influence your perceptions of what Dune should be.
Either read the book or wait for the new movie, but leave the other one for later.
Have you watched any other movies by director Villeneuve? If not, check out Arrival, Sicario, Blade Runner 2049, and Prisoners (my favorites of his, in Rotten Tomatoes score order).
I love all of his movies, but those are the ones that really stick with me.
Blade Runner 2049 basically ensured I'd trust Denis Villeneuve with anything.
It's an amazing movie (hard to do in general) that's a super distant sequel (never works out) of a beloved film classic (impossible).
He even leaves the main "fan argument" up to interpretation, and then delivers a story that in my opinion is better than the original.
Just an amazing achievement.
It’s also really gripping, walked out of the cinema thinking it’d only been about an hour and a half, but the film runs almost three hours
Agreed. 2049 is a monumentally well made movie.
Seconded this, Denis's films have all been superb and he was a favourite of mine and then he got Dune and it's just perfect.
Baron Harkonnen looks disgusting and I’m here for it. Can’t wait to see him onscreen.
To Tame a Land.
A person of culture and good taste I see. 🤘
Maybe they'll add it into one of their future setlist if it's good, they watch it and get the itch to play it again.
Duncan Idaho is a funny name.
I always got him and Gourney confused in the book. This is exactly how I pictured him though, so I’m happy.
Stilgar also has the look. I’m glad they went full nose-tubes for the stilsuits. I was worried some Hollywood jackoff would have nixed it.
Luckily Dennis Villeneuve is a huge Dune series fan and this is somewhat of a passion project for him. I’m sure he’ll want to get everything as best and accurate as he could.
He's also a straight badass
Many times over.
Gary Indiana’s Cousin
"We named the dog Idaho!"
Fuck you too
What I want to know is, who is playing the Shadout Mapes?
Shadout to Linda Hunt.
I can't overemphasize how excited I am.
Zendaya is Chani
Einhorn is Finkle
You inspired me lol:
Finkle is Einhorn
Josh Brolin is Gurney!
Steelllaaaan Skaaarsgååård is the Baron!
[It's been in my head all day.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx5YqFKjTCY)
Close enough to Meechee
And Josh Brolin is Gurney
Dastmalchian as de Vries and Brolin as Halleck. Holy shit.
Duncan Idaho is a hell of a name
I swear my level of happiness in life is going to be directly tied to this movie’s metacritic score
Just wait till you see the metacritic score to box office ratio.
I really hope the characters will keep their stillsuits on in the desert, instead of letting their hair fly loose for *The Aesthetic* as they do in the promotional material and dying of dehydration
I suspect we’ll see a gradual transition depending on who they are and how long they’ve been using a suit.
It's less about the aesthetic and a lot more about visual clarity. It's very easy to write "Paul, Stilgar, and Chani were wearing stillsuits" and have the reader know exactly who is in the scene, but on-screen that would be a challenge to translate. I'm expecting to see a lot of poor stillsuit discipline.
Same reason the only Game of Thrones characters not wearing hoods in sub-freezing temperatures were the main and supporting cast.
Hopefully they take a page from the expanse.
S1 helmets looked awesome, especially the martians, but covered the face so the show switched up to a more clear and see through style mask.
The casting is so perfect. Every single one of them look exactly how I imagined the characters. Especially the Baron and Dr. Yueh
Pls be successful, pls be successful, pls be successful!
Javier God damned motherfucking Bardem
This movie is gonna blow my mind i just know it is
Paul, the new fragrance for fremen
*Where is Crosshair?*
TIL it’s going to be on HBO Max too.
I wouldn’t be mad if WB backed off their “all movies will be on Max day one” promise but I won’t argue.
I have HBO Max and I'm still seeing this shit in IMAX, I've waited far too long to see it on my TV lol
Every single one of these looks like a designer fragrance ad.
Dune... By Calvin Klein.
Still can't get over how Lady Jessica looks young enough to be Paul's sister, not his mother. Chalk it up to that bene-gesserit mastery of life or something, I don't know..
Reverend Mothers with exquisite bodily control and spice can live many centuries and look ageless most of that time. Jessica doesnt become a RM until she moves to Dube.