The amazing director Denis Villeneuve is exactly the right filmmaker to bring us a new version of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel DUNE.

When I heard the news that one of my favourite directors, the amazing Denis Villeneuve, was going to direct a new version of the famously tricky sci-fi novel DUNE, I cheered. What a fabulous choice of a filmmaker, I thought, to helm a fresh interpretation of Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 best-seller. After wowing us with a brace of superlative sci-fi pictures in Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 and from the look of the eagerly-awaited first trailer that’s recently hit the web, Villeneuve has delivered an exciting and gorgeous-looking movie that will arrive in cinemas on 18 December.

The incredibly talented Timothee Chalamet is the perfect choice to play the young hero of Herbert’s story, Paul Atreides. The son of Duke Leto (a majestic-looking Oscar Isaac) and Lady Jessica (the magnetic Rebecca Ferguson) and the only hope for the survival of both his family and his people, Chalamet commands the screen every moment he appears in the astonishing 3-minute trailer. One highlight being him sharing the screen with the legendary Charlotte Rampling as the Emperor’s Truthsayer, Gaius Helen Mohiam.

Rampling is amongst an illustrious A-list cast which Villeneuve has assembled for the film. Just as David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation was chock-full with top names of the time, here in the 2020 version we see Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa and frequent collaborator David Dastmalchian. What’s great too is the reuniting of the director with one of his Blade Runner 2049 cast, Dave Bautista and also with one of his Sicario leading men, Josh Brolin.

What’s more, the Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer being such a big fan of the novel turned down working with his regular collaborator Christopher Nolan on Tenet to score the movie. And in the trailer, you’ll hear his version of Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse” which is a nice nod to the director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s proposed 1970s version which never made it to the screen, for which the band was due to write the score.

All of this makes DUNE an absolutely unmissable end-of-the-year cinematic treat. Until then, take a watch…