“To the True Master of the Universe,” Chalamet signs the limited edition action figure’s box. “The moon man… Kid Cudi. With humility, Paul Atreides.”
The Dune cast’s plastic counterparts were first revealed by McFarlane Toys late last year, also including characters depicted on-screen by Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and Dave Bautista (Chani, a character played by Euphoria’s Zendaya, was notably absent).
Chalamet has previously shared an image of the toy to his Instagram, playfully captioned: “I’ve been playing with myself all day.”
The film itself — which is based on the eponymous 1965 novel by Frank Herbet — was originally set to be released in November 2020, but has been pushed back several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Deadline, it’s currently scheduled to premiere at Venice Film Festival in September.
Plans for an October 2021Dune release, which would see it hit cinemas and stream on HBO Max simultaneously, have drawn strong criticism from the film’s producers, who have threatened legal action against distributor Warner Bros. Director Denis Villeneuve has also spoken out against the simultaneous release.
“Streaming can produce great content, but not movies of Dune’s scope and scale,” wrote the Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker in an article last December. “(This) decision means Dune won’t have the chance to perform financially in order to be viable and piracy will ultimately triumph. Warner Brothers might just have killed the Dune franchise.”