Meet the Fremen People of Dune – New Teasers

Dr. Liet Kynes, played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster in Dune (2021), masked in the desert to preserve water.
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Following up on last week’s feature introducing House Atreides, IGN have released another set of exclusive Dune movie character teasers. The brief clips highlight three key faces of the Fremen, indigenous peoples of Arrakis. These hardy natives have lived in balance with their harsh desert environment, and its endemic giant sandworms, for uncounted generations. After decades of oppression at the hands of House Harkonnen, they are largely distrustful of outsiders.

Enjoy these three new teasers here, with our commentary below.


Chani (Zendaya) is a fierce warrior of Sietch Tabr, one of the major Fremen tribes, as well as serving as a religious leader. The young woman appears in the dreams of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), long before he finally meets her in the deep desert. Their special connection will be integral to the events that follow. In Villeneuve’s adaptation of the story, Chani is expected to have an expanded role. As seen in the main Dune movie trailer and opening scenes, she is the one narrating the story of her people and their homeworld.


Stilgar (Javier Bardem) is the Naib, or chieftain, of Sietch Tabr. To thrive in this position, he must continually demonstrate his strengths, both as great warrior and an excellent judge of character. He lives to guide his people, protecting them and their lands from “trespassers.” Stilgar is wary with the arrival of more outsiders on his world, though always fearless when it comes to confronting them.

Liet Kynes

Dr. Liet Kynes (Sharon Duncan-Brewster) plays a pivotal part in determining the future of Arrakis. Born on the desert world, she acts both in service of the Emperor—as official Imperial Planetologist—and emissary of the Fremen. When House Atreides arrive to take over control of spice production on Arrakis, she assumes the role of Judge of the Change, responsible for ensuring a lawful transition of power.

These three videos are also available on the IGN website, with additional commentary. Next Thursday, on August 26, they’ll be releasing three final character teasers featuring House Harkonnen, the antagonists of Dune: Part One. Afterwards, they’ll continue to publish additional Dune-related features on a bi-weekly basis until the movie premieres.

Dune will be released in the U.S. and Canada on October 22 and in the U.K. and Australia on October 21.

Source: IGN Movie Trailers YouTube channel (August 19, 2021)