New images give a detailed look at costumes and the Gom Jabbar Test of Humanity prop from the upcoming Dune movie. Timothée Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, son of Oscar Isaac’s Duke Leto and Rebecca Ferguson’s Lady Jessica. Their House will be sent to take stewardship over the planet Arakkis, nicknamed Dune, the only home in the known universe to the coveted resource the Spice Melange. Fighting for control of Arakkis is House Harkonnen, led by Stellan Skarsgård’s sadistic Baron and his nephew Glossu Rabam played by Dave Bautista. David Dastmalchian also stars as twisted Mentat Piter De Vries, a staunch Harkonnen ally.
Dune will adapt the first half of Frank Herbet’s novel, originally published in 1965, with director Denis Villeneuve planning to film Dune Part 2 sometime in 2022. The sequel has yet to be greenlit, but Warner Bros. seems confident in the director’s vision – they are also producing a companion prequel series about the Bene Gesserit organization that will go straight to HBO Max. With multiple books in the main series, and prequels and companion books written by Herbert’s son Brian, there is plenty of source material to mine.
With Herbert’s fully fleshed out world containing multiple factions and a deep mythology, there are layers to the world of Dune. One of those layers is the costumes and props and SR got a look at some of the costumes in the upcoming movie at a Dune exhibit. Included were the Fremen stillsuits, a few of Lady Jessica’s costumes glimpsed in the trailers, and a Harkonnen outfit worn by Bautista. Also included in the exhibit was the Gom Jabbar test shown in the first trailer for Dune. Check out the photos below:
With a complex and richly detailed world like the one in Dune, getting everything right down to the props and costumes is of the utmost importance. The detailed images above certainly hint that Villeneuve and the cast and crew have brought Herbert’s world to life in a way that speaks to the source material and should please both longtime fans and newcomers to Dune. Still, whether or not the director is able to pull off the intricate world-building required of the film remains to be seen.
With all the factions, Houses, and organizations in Dune, there’s a lot of ground to cover in the first film. Splitting the novel into two parts may seem like a shallow cash grab, but in this case, it may be absolutely necessary. Viewers must be familiarized with the world of Dune before jumping into it and truly be able to bask in the vast and awe-inspiring scale of the film and novel.