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‘Dune’ – First look

Yesterday morning, Vanity Fair shared the exclusive look into the latest adaptation of the Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, teasing us there was more to come today, and so they delivered! Today VF revealed some exclusive intakes from the highly anticipated adaptation by Denis Villeneuve.

The film, or films will consist of two installments. Villeneuve, pointing out the enormous length and complexity of the book have attributed on the success of previous adaptations attempts. “I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie. The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”

“It’s a book that tackles politics, religion, ecology, spirituality—and with a lot of characters,” says Villeneuve. “I think that’s why it’s so difficult. Honestly, it’s by far the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life.”

In a smart move by Villeneueve, he also updated the classic in a few ways: The novel, which doesn’t include big roles for women or portray them in a absurd manner. Therefore, Lady Jessica’s (played by Rebecca Ferguson who I LOVE since Dr. Sleep) role has been expanded, and is described more as a “warrior princess,” than a “space nun.”

Arrakis, also called Dune, is the setting for Herbert’s novel, which follows Paul of the noble House Atreides. The book begins with Paul’s family being assigned control of Dune as part of an elaborate plot by their sworn enemies: the sadistic slave drivers of House Harkonnen. The conflict between these houses upends the delicate political balance on Arrakis. Soon, Paul is catapulted into the middle of a planetary revolution, where he must prove himself capable of leading— and surviving— on this hostile desert world.

Published in 1965, “Dune” takes place in a far-flung future, where humanity rules the stars in a giant feudal empire. This medieval motif goes beyond just the government. Unlike most interstellar sci-fi, Herbert’s humans conquered the stars without any computers. Following an ancient war with robots, humanity has forbidden the construction of any machine “in the likeness of a human mind.” But rather than stifling their expansion, this edict forced humans to evolve in startling ways— becoming biological computers, psychic witches, and prescient space pilots. Members of these super-powered factions are regularly employed by various noble houses, all competing for power and new planets to add to their kingdoms.

I, for one can’t wait to see the films: the aesthetic look great, the costumes brilliant and the casting so well planned.

You can read the full article at the Vanity Fair site

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