Timothée Chalamet wields a crysknife in a new image from Denis Villeneuve’s exceptionally anticipated variation of Dune. Based on the seminal science fiction novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, Villeneuve will adjust the main half of Dune for the big screen. Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, the heir to House Atreides and child of Duke Leto Atreides and Lady Jessica, played by Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson, respectively. When the Duke is assigned the stewardship of the inhospitable planet Dune, him and his family should leave the planet of Caladan and take control of the coveted desert world.
A new image from Dune (by means of TotalFilm) teases this struggle as Paul is wielding a crysknife against another of the Fremen people, one by the name of Jamis. They are both in battling stances, preparing for a duel. Paul is already wearing his stillsuit, showing that he has been in the desert for quite a while now in the film. Check out the full image below:
For enthusiasts of the novel, this scene will be intimately acquainted. As Paul and Lady Jessica acclimate to life with the Fremen people, not everyone is as accepting of their presence. With many suspecting that the heir to House Atreides might be the Kwisatz Haderach, a long fabled male Bene Gesserit, some, like Jamis, are reluctant to accept his presence in the Sietch. This leads to their eventual duel, which is depicted in the photograph.
With Dune being sliced down the middle, it seems like this moment will take place in the latter half of the film and could quite be the peak as Paul accepts his destiny as the Kwisatz Haderach. Villeneuve had previously stated that he would not have signed on for the main film in case he was unable to complete the story and while a sequel is already in progress, the development to Dune presently can’t seem to be greenlit. More data about the sequel will likely be impending when the film at last hits theaters this October.