Dune (2020) stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Mamoa, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, and more — with Denis Villeneuve set to direct. It’s going to be huge.
While you wait for Dune, here are three far-out story details from the original Frank Herbert novels to give you a sense of just how weird this sci-fi universe gets. (Warning! Possible spoilers for the 2020 movie ahead.)
3. The main character gives up his powers to become a bad space emperor
After Paul Atreides (Chalamet) rises to power in Dune, he almost immediately pulls a Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi and becomes a desert hermit.
2. One of the main characters becomes an immortal clone of himself
In the books, Mamoa’s character Duncan Idaho dies only to return as a copy of himself, eventually losing his memories by the sixth book.
1. Paul’s son turns into a giant sandworm
You already knew about the sandworms, but did you know that in a Dune sequel, Paul’s son becomes a giant worm and rules the galaxy for 3,000 years? Surprisingly, he turns out to be a ruthlessly competent if somewhat boring leader.