Warner Bros. have kicked off a huge week for Dune movie content, by revealing a set of gorgeous character posters. These portraits serve as a personal introduction to 14 key faces taking center stage in the momentous events that will soon unfold on the big screen.
I’ve said it before, however Dune‘s cast alone is a reason to watch this movie. Below posters highlight stars who have brought us numerous standout performances over the past decade—Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, David Dastmalchian—indicative, though not a comprehensive overview, of the sheer volume of talent that Denis Villeneuve recruited to bring his dream project to life.
Tap or click on a poster in the gallery for the full-size image.
Each poster carries a wealth of insight into that respective character and their state of mind, whether it’s the heavy weight of leadership that Duke Leto Atreides carries on his shoulders or Baron Vladimir Harkonnen’s malicious, yet calculated, focus on plotting the downfall of his rival. The faces truly tell stories: all details from the book are here, including the inkvine scar on Gurney Halleck’s cheek—a result of his past enslavement under the Harkonnens—and a diamond symbol of Imperial Conditioning on Dr. Wellington Yueh’s forehead—representing the Suk doctors’ system of indoctrination against taking human life.
These also confirm that previously announced plans for distribution remain unchanged: Following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Dune will start releasing first “only in cinemas”—as specified in the international editions of the posters—beginning with parts of Europe in mid-September. As called out in the U.S. versions, the movie will subsequently receive a day-and-date domestic release, in theaters and on HBO Max, on October 22.
And so it begins… this week will bring us the exclusive first look, presented by IMAX, including the debut of the second Dune trailer. The trailer itself will also be released online on Thursday, July 22.
Update (July 21): Article updated to include six additional posters that were revealed on Wednesday and confirmation of the trailer’s release timing on the internet.