After its remarkable feat in 2021, Dune returns with Austin Butler and Florence Pugh joining Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in the sci-fi prequel.
With its impressive cinematography and interpretation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic science fiction novel, Dune now moves forward to its second part—releasing the trailer that is slated to hit theaters on November 3. Warner Bros. unveiled the film’s first poster, featuring Timothée Chalamet, who now claims his rightful place as Muad’Dib.
In a statement released by Dune director Denis Villeneuve after the award-winning performance of the movie, he shared that the first part was just the beginning. “It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune, and I have the fans, the cast and crew, Legendary, and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.”
Given the uncertainty of a second installment, doubts arose about the movie’s success, primarily due to the challenge of dividing the story into two parts and the possibility of not continuing the chronicle if the first half failed to become a hit. Nonetheless, the undeniable success of the first half of Dune is evident from its impressive achievement of six Academy Awards and numerous prestigious nominations—and to label it as a mere success would be an understatement.
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In the words of Villeneuve: “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… This time, it’s full IMAX.”
To recall, the first part of the movie seamlessly continues from the abrupt ending where the main characters, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and Chani (Zendaya), embark on a compelling journey of avenging Atreide’s family death and ultimately becoming saviors of the sandy planet of Arrakis. Dune: Part Two follows Paul’s rise to power among the Fremen and his eventual rebellion against Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV.
Paul’s journey will test his character and even put his life at risk. Also, the audience gets to see him romantically get involved with Chani. There’s also Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) giving birth to a daughter, Alia, who is bestowed with Bene Gesserit’s abilities. As Villeneuve puts it: “It’s a journey where Paul Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica, make contact with the Fremen culture and meet with the Fremen. It’s Paul’s journey against the enemy. It’s a movie that will be more cinematic.”
Aside from Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin return as cast members for the second part of Dune. They are joined by Florence Pugh (Princess Irulan Corrino), Austin Butler (Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen), Léa Seydoux (Lady Margot), and Christopher Walken (Emperor Shaddam IV) in their film productions in Budapest, Abu Dhabi, Jordan, and Italy.
Have you read Dune? Did Denis Villenueve’s adaptation live up to your expectations? Mark your calendars and see the sequel to the most anticipated movie this November. Get your guards ready for some action and unexpected twists brought to you by today’s most celebrated stars!
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