The trailer for Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's upcoming sci-fi film was recently released on YouTube, exciting fans of the novels around the world.
The first trailer for the second movie of the “Dune” saga was released on May 4, shocking fans with its unique visuals and impressive settings.
Many viewers who watched the recent trailer shared their reactions on social media, praising the exceptional visual effects of the movie. One Twitter user declared that Denis Villeneuve is a “revolutionary director who creates unique visual experiences unlike anything seen before”.
However, the trailer has also received mixed reactions, especially regarding the cast, which includes Florence Pugh, Léa Seydoux, and Timothée Chalamet who will all play parts inspired by characters from Arabian and Islamic history and culture.
A Saga That Uses Islamic and Arab Cultures Yet Rejects Arab Actors?
As the first movie that came out last year, it appears that there are almost no actors from the MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) region in the cast. This was considered a problem for several fans who expressed regrets that Hollywood adapted an original story inspired by the Islamic world and the ascension of the Islamic Messiah without any representation of the Arab and Amazigh communities.
One Twitter user claimed that Hollywood “uses Amazigh and Arab culture while simultaneously having no one from those cultures on screen or in a creative role on set."
Indeed, Hollywood rarely casts Arab actors to play Arabs, or people inspired by the Arab/Islamic culture. For instance, in the 2019 adaptation of “Aladin,” very few actors were Arabs, while many were part of the Latin world, and the South Asian continent, including the main actress Naomi Scott, who played Jasmine.
However, this year, one actor from the South West Asian era will play a supportive role in the next movie of the “Dune” saga.
Edited by Adedamola Aregbesola
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