Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part One set a grand stage. The film, which adapted part of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name, introduced us to Arrakis and its perils. The story set up Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides’ hero journey, leaving him and his mother Jessica with the Fremen. As the Dune: Part Two trailer shows, Paul and Jessica have become more at home with the Fremen. The footage builds to a key moment from the book: Paul riding a sandworm.
Since we last saw him, the young Atreides has clearly settled into life with the Fremen. We see in the Dune: Part Two trailer that he has become closer with Chani and takes advice from Stilgar. Lady Jessica has a role within the Fremen, too. Though how much can Arrakis’ native people trust these outsiders? Dune: Part Two will explore that, as well as the ongoing battle for survival between the Harkonnens and the Atreides. The film’s synopsis states:
Dune: Part Two 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.
This installment will also introduce a number of new characters. We hear Florence Pugh’s Princess Irulan in this Dune: Part Two trailer. Then we see Austin Butler’s Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, the Baron’s nephew. The Baron considers him heir to House Harkonnen. Speaking of, the Baron continues to plot the downfall of House Atreides. We see what looks like the Harkonnens burning Caladan, the world House Atreides moved to Arrakis from.
Dune: Part Two arrives in theaters on November 3, 2023.
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