Theater closures have put big delays on one of 2020’s most anticipated films: Denis Villenueve’s Dune, the newest attempt to film Frank Herbert’s unfilmable and indelible science fiction epic. Fans have had to make do with just one trailer for months until this week, when Warner Bros. and Legendary Films revealed the first 10 minutes of the movie to press.
Polygon was fortunate enough to be able to attend the IMAX screening, which offered a lot more of Dune than the sword fights and explosions in the trailers. So if you can’t wait for the new trailer of Dune to be revealed tomorrow, here’s a taste of what we saw.
[Ed. note: This piece contains some spoilers for scenes from the upcoming Dune movie — as well as for Dune, the book from 1965.]
Dune throws out as much exposition as possible as quickly as it can — a reasonable choice for a world as alien as the Padishah Empire — opening with the voice of Zendaya’s character, Chani, describing the imperial pressure of the Harkonnen boot on the Fremen tribes of Arakkis.