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The Dune (2020) trailer could arrive way sooner than you think

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Dune (2020) is still scheduled for December 18, 2020, but director Denis Villeneuve has been upfront about the fact that final edits on the sci-fi spectacle that is Dune will "be a sprint to finish the movie on time right now."

Despite this ominous warning, there's no reason to believe Dune won't be released in December 2020 as planned. So that begs the question: Where's out first Dune trailer? Well, look no further. Here is everything we know (or think we know) about the release date for the first Dune (2020) trailer, from sketchy rumors and leaks to official statements — plus a little of our own analysis to tie it all together.

Ready? Let's dive in.

Is there a trailer for Dune 2020?

Not yet, but that could change extremely soon. With the movie is still scheduled for December, it's likely a trailer will come out sometime shortly. In fact, according to Timothée Chalamet on Twitter, we can expect the Dune trailer "before sept." That means it could arrive in the next few days.

What will the Dune 2020 trailer reveal?

It's reasonable to assume the first Dune trailer will be relatively short — more of a "teaser trailer." With that in mind, the trailer will probably reveal some of the stuff we've already seen in official photos, but not much else. This probably means Zendaya as Chani, Timothée Chalamet as Paul, and a few other cast members.

Just a guess, but it feels like the trailer will stop short of showing one of the famous sandworms native to the planet Arrakis. I mean, the trailer might show the sandworms, but if the sandworms are the Godzilla of Dune, you want to wait until the last frame of the trailer to actually show those worms. One rumor suggests the trailer will stop short of showing the worms but will show Paul walking alone in the desert of Arrakis.

When is Dune 2020 trailer release date?

According to some rumors, the Dune trailer was supposed to come out on August 21. Obviously, that didn't happen. Now, the current rumor is that the Dune trailer will be attached to screenings of Tenet and that the footage will recreate a familiar scene from the books and the Lynch version of the film in which Paul's (Timothée Chalamet) resolve is tested by the Bene Gesserit Reverand Mother (Charlotte Rampling.) This rumored release date is September 9, 2020. That said because Tenet has already been released in the U.K., and we haven't heard about a Dune trailer, take the September 9 trailer release date with a grain of salt and spice.

What does the Dune 2020 trailer change from the book?

So far, we don't know. That said, we do know that at least one character in Dune (2020), Liet-Kynes — is played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster, a black woman. In the past, that character was a white man. This is a smart move for Dune since the original cast of the 1984 film was painfully white.

What about that Dune trailer I saw online?

Right now, if you google "Dune 2020 trailer," you'll find a bizarre fan-made trailer created by an organization called "Screen Culture." This trailer pieces together footage from various Star Wars films, the 1984 Dune, and other movies starring Timothée Chalamet to create a truly bizarre and slapdash experience. Needless to say, it is not a real trailer. That said, it looks real up until the second you press play.

Dune will burrow its way into theaters in December 2020.

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