Everything We Know About Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune: Part Two’: ‘Dune: Part Two’ is an epic science fiction film directed by critically acclaimed film-maker Denis Villeneuve and produced by Warner Bros. Pictures. ‘Dune: Part 2’ is the sequel of critically and commercially successful Dune (2021) which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and went on to win 6 awards in the categories of Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects. Dune is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 published science fiction classic novel of the same name. Frank Herbert’s Dune is possibly one of the most influential science fiction books ever written and over the decades has maintained a cult status and has a loyal fan base.
Previously adapted to film by David Lynch in 1984 and as a miniseries by John Harrison for Syfi channel, Villeneuve’s adaptation of the book managed to please fans and critics alike by the intricate world-building through the intelligent use of CGI and production design as well as for the crisp storytelling. The sequel to Dune was officially greenlit by Legendary on 26th October 2021 and ‘Dune: Part 2’ started production on 18th July 2022.
Where Dune Left Us?
Dune (2021), covered roughly the first half of Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’. It introduced the harsh waterless world of the desert planet Arrakis while simultaneously explaining to the audience the politics of the strange futuristic universe. The film follows teenager Paul Atreides, heir presumptive who has strange visions of the future. It begins with House Atreides moving to Arrakis from the ocean planet Caladan following his father Duke Leto when he is given control of Arrakis.
The film also detailed the Bene Gesserit and their millennium-long breeding program; the quest for spice, a powerful drug necessary for interstellar travel and to view the future; the unique tribe of the indigenous population of Arrakis the Fremen; and finally, the coup on house Atreides by the Emperor and the house Harkonnen that results in the fleeing of Paul and his mother Jessica into the unforgiving sands of the dangerous mystical planet of Arrakis inhabited by the majestic Sandworms.
The film left us with Paul meeting the mysterious woman of his vision Chani and going to live with and learn the ways of the Fremen making peace with the planet Arrakis while his enemies control the planet.
What is ‘Dune: Part Two’ About?
‘The film will follow and continue with Paul Atreides’s need to avenge his family and explore his learning the ways of the Fremen, his relationship with Chani, and whether he is the Kwisatz Haderach.
Who is in ‘Dune: Part Two’ Cast and Crew?
The original cast is returning for Dune 2 with a few new cast members for newly introduced characters. Timothée Chalamet reprises his role of Paul Atreides, now Duke Atreides, who has taken the name of “Muad’Dib” while accepting the ways of the Fremen. Rebecca Ferguson returns as Lady Jessica, Paul’s mother and a trained Bene Gesserit.
Last seen before the coup in Dune Josh Brolin will be back as Gurney Halleck, the loyal weapon’s master of the House Atreides. Stellan Skarsgård will reprise his role of Vladimir Harkonnen, the power-hungry enemy of the House Atreides and the former steward of the desert planet Arrakis. Dave Bautista returns as Glossu Rabban, the brutish nephew of Baron Harkonnen. Zendaya reprises her role as Chani, a Fremen warrior, and Paul’s love interest.
Stephen McKinley Henderson and Javier Bardem reappear as Thufir Hawat and Stilgar respectively. Also, joining the cast are Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV of the House Corrino and Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, the Emperor’s daughter.
Austin Butler is cast as Feyd-Rautha, Baron Harkonnen’s younger nephew and his planned successor. Léa Seydoux joins the cast as a Bene Gesserit, Lady Margot and Souheila Yacoub is cast as a Fremen Shishakli.
Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer returns to produce the music score for the sequel as well.
Dune: Spice Wars (2022) Game
A number of Games have already been released before Denis Villeneuve’s film adaptation. However, Dune: Spice Wars was released post-Dune (2021) release, on Steam in Early Access on April 26, 2022. The game is inspired by Dune and Dune 2 with a strong influence by the books rather than the movies.
When is ‘Dune: Part Two’ Releasing?
‘Dune: Part 2’ will release earlier than expected with Disney shifting the planned date for the release of Marvel Studio’s film Blade. Dune is now scheduled to release on 3rd November 2023, two weeks earlier than the previous set date of 17th November 2023.
Watch the Trailer for ‘Dune: Part Two’
While the audiences eagerly await to have another look at the mysteriously beautiful world of Arrakis and the majestic sandworms, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures are yet to release a trailer for the film but rest assured we shall take care of your cinematic needs and you can watch the trailer as soon as it releases here:
Plans for ‘Dune: Part 3’
Denis Villeneuve has expressed interest to adapt the second book of the Dune series by Frank Herbert, ‘Dune: Messiah’. So, we might be looking forward to a Dune trilogy rather than the previously expected two-part Dune adaptation; an adaptation of Herbert’s 1969 sequel novel “Dune Messiah.” He disclosed the same in a talk with CBC Radio Canada — via Collider