Dune 2021: Characters, cast, plot, and the sandworm, explained

Dune, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villenueve’s effort to movie among the most unfilmable stories in the sci-fi canon, is here. Dune, composed by Frank Herbert in 1965, has generations of fans, however some might be left scratching their heads at Timothée Chalamet and a basketball-team’s-worth of strong-jawed stars whipping around the desert with armor and swords. We wouldn’t blame anybody: Dune is thick. And Villenueve appreciates the source product enough to let much of it base on its own, without overplaying on descriptions.

An amazing cast assists bring the dry desert of Arrakis it to life. Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) is front and center in Dune as Paul Atreides, the beneficiary to the tradition of Home Atreides. Signing up with the Oscar-nominated star are Rebecca Ferguson (Objective: Difficult – Fallout), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Josh Brolin (Sicario), Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s Chernobyl), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Woman Bird), Zendaya (HBO’s Ecstasy), Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Netflix’s Sex Education), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and Javier Bardem (No Nation for Old Guys).

Newbies might have huge concerns about the world of Dune: Who is Paul? What is your home Atreides? What’s the offer with the sandworm? Is this Star Wars?

To present Dune audiences to Herbert’s world (and to assist polished Dune fans delight in the cinema minute), we’ve created this burning-question guide with a number of the responses.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.