Science fiction and metal will always be intertwined due to their shared love of awesome imagery, real-world darkness, and epic visions of the future — and few sci-fi stories will ever embody these ideas as much as Frank Herbert’s Dune. The story of an intergalactic feudal war centered over the ownership of a life-prolonging and mind-enhancing drug, Dune has long been the space opera against which all others must be compared, and a constant inspiration to the world of rock music. Now, the first trailer for the 2020 film adaptation of Dune has been revealed — and man, is it fucking metal.
The trailer for Dune gives fans everything they’re looking for — enhanced martial arts, the pain box test, Glossu Rabban, and the planet Arrakis. There’s also the line, “Fear is the mindkiller” — a quote one might recognize from lyrics and titles by artists such as Fear Factory. And finally, we all know what you’re thinking, and yes — the Shai-Hulud appear in the preview. Overall, it’s the kind of footage that’ll intrigue your average viewer, but which will make sci-fi diehards and Herbert superfans break out in goosebumps.
“Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune,” reads the film’s promotional copy, “the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name. A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.”
Check out the trailer for Dune below:
Dune erupts into theaters on December 18, 2020.
Words by Chris Krovatin