After a very long wait, Dune hit theaters in the fall of 2021 to both rave reviews and big box office. This despite bowing on HBO Max at the same time as its theatrical debut. But Dune was really just Dune: Part One. The first film only covered the first half of Frank Herbert’s epic 1965 novel. Luckily, the rest of the story is on the way. Dune: Part Two was officially announced on October 26, 2021. Here’s everything we know so far about Dune: Part Two, the follow-up to the Academy Award-winning sci-fi film.
The official name of the movie is Dune: Part Two.
Dune: Part Two‘s Plot
The official plot synopsis from Warner Bros. and Legendary for Dune: Part Two reads as follows:
This follow-up film will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.
If you’re a big fan of Frank Herbert’s Dune, this all sounds like a pretty faithful adaptation of the second half of his novel. And unlike David Lynch’s 1984 version of Dune, this packed second half will now have time to breathe. And who knows? Maybe we’ll see elements of the later Dune novels pop up a wee bit early.
For now, we can enjoy Dune: Part Two’s first trailer, which highlights a crucial book scene: Paul riding on a sandworm.
At CinemaCon, Denis Villeneuve further shared, “Part One is more of a contemplative movie. Part Two is an action-packed, epic war movie. It is much more dense. We went to all-new locations. I didn’t want a feeling of repetition. It’s all new sets. Everything is new.”
Additionally, Timothée Chalamet noted of his character, Paul Atreides, “In the first movie, Paul is a student. We really see Paul Atrides become a leader … become a redeemer of the Fremen people in a sense.” Meanwhile, Zendaya noted that her character Chani has an enlarged role in Dune: Part Two and “She’s not just in dreams this time.”
Recently, we also received an in-depth first look at the movie, which included new images, character descriptions, and more. The chief takeaway is that Dune: Part Two is both a love story and a war movie, and we can expect both parts to shine.
Dune: Part Two‘s Cast
Almost the entire original cast from Dune is back for Dune: Part Two. At least if their character survived, that is. This includes Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the “ Kwisatz Haderach,” and Zendaya as his Fremen paramour Chani. Javier Bardem also returns as Chani’s father, Fremen leader Stilgar. Paul’s very pregnant mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) also returns for Dune: Part Two. Josh Brolin is back as Paul’s mentor Gurney Halleck, as is Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat, the loyal Mentat to House Atreides.
Stellan Skarsgård reprises his role as the sadistic Baron Harkonnen, as does Dave Bautista as the Baron’s loyal lackey and nephew Glossu Rabban. Charlotte Rampling’s character, the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother, is also slated to return. New cast members include Florence Pugh (Princess Irulan) Austin Butler (Feyd Rautha), and Christopher Walken (Emperor Shadddam IV). They are joined by Léa Seydoux (Lady Margot) and Souheila Yacoub as the Fremen warrior Shishakli.
Of course, certain major characters died in the first film, and are not scheduled to appear in Dune: Part Two. These include Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho and Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides. But there could be surprise flashbacks. So don’t count them all out just yet. We may yet see them on the sands of Arrakis. Most recently, Deadline reported that Tim Blake Nelson joined the cast in an unknown role.
Behind the Scenes
Just as he was for Dune, director Denis Villeneuve is back behind the camera for Dune: Part Two. This will officially make it his first sequel ever. At least to a film of his own. Jon Spaihts is still writing the script for the second chapter of the story. Filming begins in the fall of 2022. Hans Zimmer will also return to score the sequel.
Dune: Part Two‘s Release Date
Dune: Part Two hits theaters on November 3, 2023.
Originally published August 1, 2022.
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