Here’s Why The New ‘Dune’ Movie Has Stan Twitter And Sci-Fi Nuts Losing Their Absolute Shit

The first image from the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Dune has arrived, showcasing Timothée Chalamet as the mythical prince central to the sci-fi saga.

For some, the still is a promising sign from director Denis Villeneuve‘s production. Others have been driven mad with excitement, convinced the new movie will be a once-in-a-generation cinematic experience.

The news has also shuffled Stan Twitter and old-school sci-fi heads onto the same team, which is a frankly devastating combination of pop-culture fandoms.

We’ll get to those folks in a second. For now, have a peek at the image, first published by Vanity Fair:

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There’s good reason to be excited.

Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, a pivotal figure in author Frank Herbert‘s classic 1965 novel.

Atreides, the heir apparent of a powerful space-faring dynasty, sees his life warped beyond recognition when the family resettles on the desert planet Arrakis.

Dune is a meditation on power, ecology, and I cannot stress this enough, psychic space worms. But Chalamet’s presence in that weird, weird world only explains some of the hype around the upcoming flick.

Villeneuve, whose sci-fi credentials include the phenomenal Blade Runner: 2049 and Arrival, has assembled a cast including Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jason Momoa.

Putting them in the same room would likely propel a toothpaste commercial to the Palme d’Or, but the thought of them inhabiting Herbert’s lore has fans levitating with delight.

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Previous attempts to film Dune have also heightened interest in Villeneuve’s vision.

Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive mastermind David Lynch gave it a crack in 1984, resulting in a box-office flop — and one of the most cultishly-beloved films of all time.

That movie has produced an entire field of study, with fans of the Dune series asking what that film could have been. The potential of the new flick is thrilling, if, like me, you’re a fan of the whole space-wormy thing.

Dune lore states “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” When the film premieres in December this year, we’ll find out if Villeneuve got that balance right.

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