Images Have Leaked From the ‘Dune’ Teaser Trailer That It’s Playing in Front of ‘Tenet’

As one might expect, they are not high-definition images.


I think we can all agree on something – pandemic or not, Dune has always been one of the most anticipated movies of 2020 by movie fans. Even if you are not especially looking forward to it, or you are not interested at all, you must admit that the general consensus is that of GIVE ME THIS MOVIE NOW.


Denis Villeneuve is, to me, the most exciting filmmaker working today and now the 21st-century master of science-fiction. His last two movies, both in that genre, have been pretty much flawless. 2016’s Arrival is without a doubt one of my favorite movies of the decade, and he somehow managed to pull off an incredibly complex story without ever losing focus of what was important: the characters. What that movie has to say about our culture and our society is, literally, beyond words.


And then the guy outdoes himself, delivering us Blade Runner 2049, which is, to me at least, an absolute masterpiece of the science-fiction genre, and I’ll say it, one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. In my book, that movie is pretty much flawless (I only have one minor nitpick, but I’ll address that some other day). Villeneuve did the impossible, giving us a sequel to a movie that everyone thought could not and should not have a sequel, and not only that, but he gave us a good one. And he somehow managed not to answer the question that everyone thought a sequel would have to answer and therefore would ruin the mystery of the original. I’m of course speaking about the nature of Harrison Ford’s Deckard character, and whether he is an android or not.


My point being, the guy is a genius. And the studio knows that, because even though 2049 lost them money, they decided to give him another big tentpole, with a tremendous cast, also in the science-fiction genre. The tentpole of course being Dune, a book that has been adapted twice before, by David Lynch, without much success, and on television form, with decent critical success. I, myself, cannot wait to see what he does with this material, which is probably one of the hardest science-fiction books to adapt from the 20th century, and that is probably one of the reasons why he decided to split the story of the first book in two, with the 2020 movie only covering the first half.


The wait for the trailer has been quite painful to me, because even though we got some images back in April (which by the way made me salivate so badly), I wanted to see what the movie looks like in movement! Throughout the entire month of August, we’ve been hearing rumblings that the Dune trailer will come out any minute now. We first heard that it would debut along with a new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer in front of the Inception 10th Anniversary re-release. That didn’t happen.


Chalamet insisted on Twitter that we’d have it before September, so as we got closer and closer to the end of August, things started to look like this week would be the time, which actually was perfect, because Tenet is now rolling out internationally.



We finally know now the entire plan for the trailer. There is a teaser trailer that is being played right now in international theaters in front of Tenet (probably The New Mutants as well), which is exclusive to theaters. However, fear not, because the full Dune trailer (again, not the teaser, but a full trailer) will debut online on September 9, 2020. Apparently the two versions have nothing to do with each other.




Apparently, the teaser that is now playing is pretty vague and only shows off some still images that play out over a famous Dune scene in which Paul Atreides is in serious pain after her mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) puts a needle in his neck (trailer description found here). There is a famous box in the room with them, which is a nerve induction device that causes the victim to feel intense pain and is used to test self-control. Here are some leaked images from the teaser:


Above, is Gurney Halleck, played by Josh Brolin.


This is the hand of Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) on Paul Atreides’ neck (played of course by Timothée Chalamet).


This is the planet Arrakis, also called Dune.


Duke Leto Atreides, played by Oscar Isaac.


Dr. Wellington Yueh, played by Chen Chang.


Chani, played by Zendaya.


Glossu ‘Beast’ Rabban, played by Dave Bautista.


Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, played by Stellan Skarsgård.


Stilgar, played by Javier Bardem.


Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa).


Liet-Kynes, played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster.


The pain test that is the main scene playing out in the teaser.


The pain box.