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New Image Arrives From Dune, Director Compares Paul Atreides to Michael Corleone

May 16, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Timothy Chalamet Dune

Empire has revealed a new image from the upcoming Dune remake by director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), who compares the lead character Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) to The Godfather‘s Michael Corleone.

He said: “Paul has been raised in a very strict environment with a lot of training, because he’s the son of a Duke and one day… he’s training to be the Duke. But as much as he’s been prepared and trained for that role, is it really what he dreams to be? That’s the contradiction of that character. It’s like Michael Corleone in The Godfather – it’s someone that has a very tragic fate and he will become something that he was not wishing to become.

Villeneuve also said that Paul “will become a man” through the film. He added: “His survival depends on being able to make the right decisions and adapt to different dangerous situations. It’s a very beautiful story about someone that becomes empowered. Like any young adult he is looking for his identity and trying to understand his place in the world, and he will have to do things that none of his ancestors were able to do in order to survive. He has a beautiful quality of being curious about other people, of having empathy, something that will attract him towards other cultures, and that’s what will save his life.

The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. Assuming the world returns to normal by then, the film will be released on December 18.

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