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The Second Trailer For Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Is Finally Here

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One of the richest sci-fi stories yet to produce a major film franchise is Frank Herbert’s Dune. Although the story is a fan favorite amongst genre devotees, it’s had a troubled journey breaking through as a cultural phenomenon à la Star Wars or even Lord of the Rings. But with a new adaptation of the beloved 1965 book headed toward screens, we might finally have reached a turning point for the beleaguered tale.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) and starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, the adaptation was met with several set-backs during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently set for an Oct. 22 release date, The Hollywood Reporter confirms, nearly a year after its original set date. Ahead, everything we know about the remake, including a look at its all-star cast and new trailer.

The film is based on a groundbreaking sci-fi book series.

Herbert’s 1965 novel, Dune, is the first installment in a six-book series. The follow-up novels are Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune, though the first is undeniably the favorite (and arguably, the best-received) among fans.

Set in the year 10,191, the series follows young Paul Atreides (Chalamet), the heir to a noble family in a universe where humans have colonized the galaxies and divided them amongst dynasties, ruled over by the Padishah Emperor. At the beginning of Dune, the Atreides family is granted power over the mining planet Arrakis, home to a highly valuable spice known as melange, which makes a longer lifespan and intergalactic space travel possible. Due to the covetable nature of melange, every other family in the galaxy challenges the Atreides for dominance. Paul escapes the war that erupts around him to the desert, where he is declared a prophet-like figure named Kwisatz Haderach by the Fremen who reside in the area. The complex story and advanced visual technology required to tell it made translating the series to the big screen a Herculean task.

The film will debut on HBO Max and in theaters.

Following the lead of Wonder Woman 1984, Dune will be available for both streaming and theatrical viewing on October 1. The movie will stream exclusively on HBO Max for a month, while simultaneously playing in theaters that have safely re-opened during the pandemic. Warner Bros. announced the landmark decision on December 3, confirming that all of its 2021 releases will follow a similar model. It’s unclear whether Dune will be available to HBO Max subscribers for free or at an additional cost, like Black Widow or Mulan on Disney+ earlier this year.

Dune boasts an all-star cast.

Chalamet’s Paul Atreides is the heir to an intergalactic throne fighting to protect his family’s planet of Arrakis. Zendaya will play Chani, a young Fremen who connects with Paul early-on through his dreams. Rebecca Ferguson will play Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica, and Oscar Isaac will play Paul’s father, Duke Leo Atreides.

Other ensemble members include Javier Bardem as Freman leader Stilgar, Jason Momoa as Paul’s swordmaster teacher Duncan Idaho, Josh Brolin as Paul’s warrior mentor Halleck, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, Stellan Skarsgard as House Atreides enemy Baron Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista as the Baron’s nephew “The Beast.”

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One change to the source material comes with the casting of Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One) as Dr. Liet Kynes, an Arrakis ecologist who becomes a Fremen leader. The character is usually portrayed by a white man (the late Max von Sydow played him in the 1984 film adaptation), but Duncan-Brewster is a Black woman. “What Denis had stated to me was there was a lack of female characters in his cast, and he had always been very feminist, pro-women, and wanted to write the role for a woman,” Duncan-Brewster told Vanity Fair. “This human being manages to basically keep the peace amongst many people. Women are very good at that, so why can’t Kynes be a woman? Why shouldn’t Kynes be a woman?”

The first trailer depicts a fantastical journey to the desert.

Cast members from the film and director Villeneuve joined Dune fan Stephen Colbert for a virtual Q&A during the first trailer’s exciting premiere. According to Deadline, Villeneuve joked about the epic scale of the footage, explaining, “They didn’t shoot Jaws in a swimming pool.” In fact, the trailer has enough visual spectacle to sustain moviegoers for months. “There’s something happening to me,” Chalamet’s Paul begins, via voiceover. “There’s something awakening in my mind; I can’t control it. There’s a crusade coming.”

As Paul grapples with the nature of his dreams, he endures a box of pain (courtesy of a veiled Reverend Mother Mohiam), and sets his sights on Chani. “Dune is a movie about the capacity of adaptation because there are a lot of changes coming,” Villeneuve warned. “That’s why Dune is more relevant than ever.”

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The second trailer gives an eye-opening glimpse at the epic scale of the film.

“My planet, Arrakis, is so beautiful when the sun is low,” Zendaya (as Chani) tells us in the first few seconds of the second trailer, in which audiences are finally allowed a full view of the film’s gargantuan production value. Spaceships! Explosions! Visions of the future! It’s everything a Dune fan could hope for, at long last.

As Chani whispers Paul’s name, Chalamet gasps awake. “I’ve been having dreams about a girl on Arrakis,” he tells Momoa’s Duncan. And so it begins. Watch the full clip below.

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Villeneuve sees the movie as “a call for action for the youth.”

Although the movie is based on a 55-year-old book, Villeneuve has spoken about how resonant the themes—about religion and power, dwindling resources, and exploitation—are today. “No matter what you believe, Earth is changing, and we will have to adapt,” he told Vanity Fair. “That’s why I think that Dune, this book, was written in the 20th century. It was a distant portrait of the reality of the oil and the capitalism and the exploitation—the overexploitation—of Earth. Today, things are just worse. It’s a coming-of-age story, but also a call for action for the youth.”

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The director, who will reunite with composer Hans Zimmer for the film’s music, also opened up about the complexity of adapting Dune. “It’s a book that tackles politics, religion, ecology, spirituality—and with a lot of characters,” Villeneuve told the oulet. “I think that’s why it’s so difficult. Honestly, it’s by far the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life.”

The movie will be split into two parts.

Once Villeneuve completes his most challenging film, he’ll have to return for a follow-up. In April 2020, Villeneuve confirmed to Vanity Fair that he would be splitting the movie into two parts in an effort to tackle Herbert’s behemoth original novel. “I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie,” Villeneuve told VF. “The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”

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In a statement to Vanity Fair, Villeneuve spoke about filming the movie in the southern deserts of Jordan and his eagerness for audiences around the world to watch. “I look forward to a time when we can all get together again as Dune was made to be seen on the big screen,” the director said. The film’s cinematographer Greig Fraser told Collider that although the story will be adapted into two parts, the first is “a fully standalone epic film that people will get a lot out of when they see it.” The script for Dune was written by Eric Roth (2018’s A Star Is Born) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).

Dune has been adapted into movies and TV shows before.

Just because the series was labeled un-filmable doesn’t mean several filmmakers didn’t try. In the ’70s, avant-garde director Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to mount a film adaptation to no avail, as depicted in the 2014 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune.

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Then the Oscar-nominated auteur David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks) helmed a big-screen adaptation of the book in 1984. Starring Kyle MacLachlan in his first major movie role, Dune was met with lackluster critical reviews and flopped at the box office. (It’s now considered somewhat of a cult classic.)

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That was followed nearly two decades later by an early-aughts Syfy miniseries starring Alec Newman, which failed to make much of a cultural impact. Then came a lengthy development process on a new movie at Paramount between 2008 and 2011, which involved filmmakers including Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon) and Pierre Morel (Taken). Villeneuve boarded the project in 2016. Dune: The Sisterhood, a female-centric HBO Max series, is also in the works with Villeneuve set to direct the pilot.

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How Misha Nonoo Made Meghan Markle’s Favorite Button Down

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For her first public appearance with Prince Harry in 2017, Meghan Markle famously manifested her future by wearing an oversize white button down called the “Husband” shirt. Designed by her close friend Misha Nonoo—who, coincidentally, is rumored to have set the couple up—the shirt got the “Markle Sparkle” sheen, a highly coveted phenomenon that occurs after Markle wears a particular designer. Nonoo’s Husband shirt went on backorder almost immediately and has consistently been one of her best-selling items ever since. The iconic basic now comes in a variety of colors, fabrics, sizes, and is even part of her new maternity collection.

In ELLE’s series Clothes of Our Lives, we decode the sartorial choices made by powerful women, and explore how fashion can be used as a tool for communication. Below in her own words, Nonoo (who recently debuted a swimwear capsule collection with Vitamin A and a maternity line for her eponymous label) recalls how her life was turned upside down by a simple white shirt.


When a person of note—particularly someone that is so closely associated to myself or to the brand like Meghan is, and it’s well documented that we have a long, enduring, and very close friendship—wears your design, there’s an almost instant shift in interest and sales.

Her platform gave a great level of awareness to our brand and our mission. I think that’s just a natural phenomenon that occurs when you are fortunate enough to have a like-minded person publicize your collection, like Meghan has done with the Husband shirt. People buy the original in white, and then come back for more in different colors because they love it so much.

The shirt has taken on a life of its own at this point—becoming a very important and meaningful piece not just for me, but in other peoples’ lives.

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Meghan Markle wears the “Husband shirt” during her first public appearance with Prince Harry during the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.

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The Husband shirt was borne from the sense that you always want to wear an item from a significant other to feel close to them. I love wearing stuff from my husband’s closet because there’s really nothing sexier than borrowing from the boys.

About five years ago, I went to the mannequin and tailored a shirt from an existing collection to be oversized in certain places. It took at least a couple of weeks to finish—from my initial idea of draping it to creating a muslin—and part of what made the project extra special was the fact that it was an amalgamation of a few different parts. The studs on the prototype shirt actually came from a piece of footwear that I designed for a collaboration a few years prior. It’s funny how sometimes the best things in life happen when you build upon something that’s already there.

As a designer, I’m always creating new things, so it can be hard to predict which pieces will gain traction and when. The fact that I loved this concept of a “borrowed” shirt so much (and that I identified with the woman who was going to wear it) should have been a dead giveaway that it would be popular. But in hindsight I had no idea.

We launched the Husband shirt in September of 2016 as part of a larger collection called The Easy Eight. All my friends and family loved the idea—and its tongue in cheek name. My president at the time and I had a bet as to what would be the most popular piece. I said something else, but he bet on the Husband shirt. He was right, of course.

From the start it was one of our most sold items, because everyone needs a good white button down. The studs make it sexy, almost like a piece of jewelry, and the oversize cuffs mean it can be worn in multiple ways. Tuck it in, or wear it with jeans. It’s very flexible.

The Husband shirt now comes in a lot of colors, patterns, and fabrics. We have organic cotton and linen. We have various stripes and solid colors. We’ve done embroidered versions. You can even send it as a gift with somebody else’s monogrammed initials on it. There’s so many ways to personalize the shirt, and it’ll continue to be there for people who have grown to love it over the years.

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Misha Nonoo with Meghan Markle at the 12th annual CFDA Fashion Fund Awards in 2015.

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I often think to myself: what would I do if I didn’t have the Husband shirt? It’s become a backbone in my own collection. I personally wear it four to five times a week, whether it’s the blue and white stripe version, or the olive green linen version. I love separates, so I pair it with trousers or a skirt. I used to love miniskirts too, but now that I’m a mother they are harder to wear, and not quite as practical.

Not only do I love wearing it, but the Husband shirt has also become a solid part of my business. We have been able to do so much with it—including working with different charitable organizations.

In 2019, Meghan and I teamed up to design a white shirt for a collaboration called The Smart Set. For every shirt sold, we donated the same shirt to a philanthropic organization based in the U.K. called Smart Works, which helps women who have been out of the workforce for a prolonged period of time. Not only does Smart Works offer guidance to women anything from coaching to interview techniques, but they also help them dress for interviews. The Duchess of Sussex was a patron of the organization in the U.K., and she created a capsule wardrobe for them. We ended up contributing several thousand shirts, and it an amazing partnership.

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Markle and Nonoo embrace at the launch for the Smart Works capsule collection in 2019.

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More recently, my team and I found a way to use the Husband Shirt to help restaurants affected by COVID-19. For every shirt sold (they cost $185), we donated $100 to a charitable organization that supported restaurants battered by the pandemic.

It’s been four years since we launched the very first iteration of the Husband shirt, and I’m still very, very proud. We’ve been able to dress women from all walks of life and from all around the world. The shirt practically has its own personality at this point.

There’s something really gratifying about creating a traditional piece of clothing, a classic piece of clothing, that people can wear in a very modern way—because it means it has longevity. And that’s pretty amazing.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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These Are the Best Purses on Amazon to Shop Before They’re Sold Out

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We’re back with another I-can’t-believe-I-got-this-on-Amazon roundup, and trust us, you won’t be disappointed. You already know the spiel. Where do you go for trendy and affordable pieces? Shoes and dresses for your next summer wedding? Or Oscar de la Renta’s latest collaboration with Cle de Peau? That’s right. Amazon. This time, we’ve rounded up a bunch of cute bags you can find on the site, including some luxe designer options, too. From crossbody bags to chic top-handles, there are a ton of styles to freshen up your wardrobe. Shop 13 of the best-reviewed purses we found on Amazon, ahead.

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This Little Black Bag

Jerilini Top Handle Bag

A must-have in everyone’s wardrobes is a little black bag. This one from Aldo is both stylish and has great ratings.

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This famous baguette

Vegan Leather Crocodile Purse

JW Pei is taking the internet by storm with its affordable and stylish bags. And according to the reviews you can trust the hype: it has a solid five-star rating and over 780 reviews. 

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This Mini Crossbody Bag

Kuei Mini Crossbody Belt Bag

Brandon Blackwood

$385.00

We love a simple crossbody bag. Brandon Blackwood’s Kuei style is so sleek with its zipper and silver hardware. 

4

This Trendy Straw Purse

Tort Bag, Natural, Tan, One Size

The beach is calling, and this bag is answering. Straw bags are staple pieces that are totally worth the investment. Match this style with some black sandals and a white dress, and you’ve got the summer 2021 look down pat. 

5

This Vegan purse

Gabbi Bag Chic Pouch

Back with another JW Pei bag that stole our hearts this season. Celebs like EmRata and Gigi Hadid could not get enough of this style. Plus, this piece is made with vegan leather so you can feel good about your purchase.

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This medium-sized Bag

Mademoiselle Bag

It’s the olive color for me. This miniature bag is just what you need for those quick runs into town when you only need a handful of items, but still want to look stylish.

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this coin purse

Shweshwe Small Zipper Coin Pouch

Though it doesn’t have any straps, it still counts as a purse! Tuck any coins or loose items into this printed bag to keep everything safe.  

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this top-rated zip purse

Fern Toffee One Size

HOBO’s Fern bag is one of its most popular styles, thanks to the double zippers and the array of colors. It has a 4.4-star rating and so many great reviews, which makes it hard to resist. 

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this logo Tote

The Large Tote Bag

I can’t leave out everyone’s favorite tote bag, could I? Use this cult-favorite purse to throw in all your essentials for a weekend getaway.

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This Olive Crossbody

Sara Crossbody

Liebeskind Berlin

$107.38

This Berlin-born brand crafts sturdy and stunning pieces you can wear every day, like this olive-hued style with multiple compartments. (I happen to have a couple of its bags myself and get so much use out of them.) 

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This Bucket Bag

Natural Camel Bucket Bag

A bag like this should take you to beautiful places, like dreamy picnics and romantic strolls into the sunset. Am I romanticizing a purchase too much? Probably.

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This Structured Mini purse

We Are Original Shoulder Flap Bag

A light pink bag with a thick chain feels fun and flirty. When you need to add a little statement piece to your outfit, this should be the bag you reach for. 

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This neutral purse

Purses for Women Satchel Bags

While this bag looks expensive, she’s only $55.99 and just what you need on your next excursion. Just a heads up though, it does run a little smaller than pictured. 

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House of Gucci Unveils Character Posters of Its Star-Studded Cast

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Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated biopic, House of Gucci, is officially on the way. MGM Studios released the official character posters of the upcoming movie, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. The film is set to hit theaters on Nov. 24, 2021.

Gaga shared the poster with her 48.4 million followers on Instagram. “Stasera,” she captioned the post–which translates to “this evening,” possibly hinting at a trailer release. House of Gucci will be Gaga’s first film since her award-winning performance in A Star Is Born.

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The film will portray the life of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the grandson of the founder of the Gucci fashion house, Guccio Gucci, and his relationship with his wife, Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga). Reggiani was convicted of murdering Gucci in 1998.

Scott’s biopic is based on the book House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara G. Forden. The film boasts a star-studded cast alongside Gaga and Driver. Suicide Squad actor Jared Leto will play Paolo Gucci, with Justice League actor Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci, famed actor Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, and Frida actress Salma Hayek as Pina Auriemma.

MGM posted official posters of the film on Instagram this morning, captioning the photos, using the same caption as Gaga. Leto’s look in particular sent fans into a frenzy, with the actor’s transformation making him almost unrecognizable.

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MGM posted Driver’s, Irons’ and Pacino’s characters as well:

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On March 6, Gaga shared her own first look at the film on Instagram. “Signore e Signora Gucci #HouseOfGucci,” the actress captioned the picture of her and Driver in full character.

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