Everything We Know about Dune Part Two

by Matthew Escosia
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The highly anticipated follow-up of last year’s Dune is finally coming soon. With details still under wraps, it’s impossible not to feel curious about what’s about to come. Will we finally see new characters from the Frank Herbert novels? When will we see Paul in his full potential? SEA Wave has got you covered in this guide about everything Dune: Part Two.

What do we know so far about Dune Part 2?

As it prepares to begin filming later this year, Dune 2 has proceeded to bolster its already impressive roster by bringing on additional well-known actors.

Part One of Frank Herbert’s work, which Denis Villeneuve decided to break into two parts, ended horribly abruptly. Dune: Part Two, the official title of the sequel, will go back to Arrakis to wrap up the plot. The decision was wise because the first film made $400 million worldwide, won six Oscars, and gained a plethora of other honors.

When is the release date of Dune Part 2?

Dune: Part Two will be coming this November 17, 2023. Contrary to the first movie, which was made accessible on HBO Max the same day it was released in US theaters, the sequel is most likely to receive an exclusive theatrical release in the country as opposed to a day-and-date streaming release.

Villeneuve announced in September 2021, before the first film was released. “You still need to construct sets and costumes for a movie that size to move swiftly, so we are talking about month. It’s the first time I’ve revisited a universe, so I’m working with the same crew, everyone knows what to do, and we know what it will look like, which helps us right now”.

The pandemic is currently the only major unknown. The movie will be more difficult, but we know where we are going and the screenplay is completed, so I feel optimistic. Deadline reported in June 2022 that the sequel would begin filming “in the fall.” So long as everything goes according to plan, we have quite confident that we will visit Arrakis in October 2023.

Who is coming back for Dune Part 2?

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Although the cast has yet to be officially confirmed, based on their reactions to the sequel news, it appears like everyone is willing to return. Timothée Chalamet will reprise his role as Paul Atreides, while Zendaya’s Chani, who we knew would have a bigger role to play in Part Two once Paul finally met Chani at the end of the first movie, will serve as his co-lead.

Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgard as the evil Baron Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista as the Baron’s nephew Glossu Rabban will also make appearances. Book readers will be aware that Momoa may return as Duncan Idaho later in the series.

After House Harkonnen’s raid on Arrakis, the futures of Josh Brolin’s Gurney Halleck and Stephen McKinley Henderson’s Thufir Hawat were left in question. Again, book readers will know what happened to them, but for the time being, we won’t give away any future events.

New characters abound for Dune Part 2

Adding to an already impressive ensemble are equally star-studded new actors joining the Dune sequel. Christopher Walken will play Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, who will play an integral role in the whole Dune franchise; Florence Pugh will play Shaddam’s daughter Princess Irulan; Austin Butler will be playing the iconic role of Feyd-Rautha; and finally, Lea Seydoux was cast as Lady Margot, a member of the Bene Gesserit.

What will Dune Part Two be about?

The sequel will put House Atreides against the Empire because the house has been all but destroyed. We might anticipate seeing more of Paul’s visions for the future come to pass when he leads a revolution against the Empire. Villeneuve acknowledged that he briefly contemplated delaying the film’s conclusion to match the time shift in the book, but ultimately concluded that following his “original impulse” to wrap things up once Paul meets the Fremen was the best course of action.

As Paul battles with his ultimate destiny, which may be connected to Chani and the Fremen of Arrakis, the first film provided exciting peeks into what may transpire in the character’s future. As we noted in our evaluation, the world-building portion of the story needed to be completed in the first half. It was a “tough responsibility” for Villeneuve to lay the groundwork for the first movie, but now that it has been done, Part Two is “an insane playground.”

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Villeneuve hinted those certain details, like the character of Feyd-Rautha, might be “a little bit deeper explored” in the sequel. He remarked, “It’s like a game of chess.” “In the second half, some new characters will be introduced.”

Javier Bardem has hinted that the sequel won’t just be a straightforward adaptation, even if you’ve already read the book. People won’t be startled because they have read the book, therefore they won’t be astonished by the way the pieces have been put together, but they will be amazed by how well they have been put together, according to him after reading the revised manuscript.

Keep on the lookout for more updates on Dune Part two. Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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