It’s no surprise that Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff all but confirmed a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel, “Dune,” on October 21, the day before the film’s opening. Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. confirmed on October 26 that “Dune: Part 2” was a go.
“I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with ‘Dune: Part Two,'” said Villeneuve in a statement. The fans, the cast and crew, Legendary and Warner Bros., helped me realise my dream of adapting Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune.’ Only a fraction of what’s to come.”
So, what’s next for the “Dune” series? IndieWire has compiled the most important information about “Dune: Part Two” at this time, and you can find it all below. As more information about the “Dune” sequel comes to light, we’ll keep this rundown up to date.
When Will Dune Part 2 Be Released?
“Dune Part 2″ will be released on October 20, 2023, two years after the first film opened in theatres and on HBO Max simultaneously, according to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures (via Deadline). Several factors could cause a delay in the sequel, which is still in pre-production. It’s possible that Warner Bros.’s sci-fi film, Arrakis, could be pushed back because of VFX-related issues that Warner Bros. cannot control.
Production on Hiram Garcia’s Warner Bros.-distributed DC movie Black Adam was recently delayed because VFX houses were overworked. “Dune: Part 2,” as well as other Warner Bros. projects, may be pushed back because of the extensive visual effects work required. I don’t know yet.
For now, HBO Max subscribers will have to wait to see Paul Atreides seek vengeance on his estranged father until after the film has grossed a respectable sum of money in theatres. When it premiered on HBO Max, “Dune” did exceptionally well.
More than 1.9 million American households saw the film in its first three days of release, according to Samba TV (via Variety). Director Denis Villeneuve, whose first film did well on Netflix, was adamant that his follow-up would not be shown on HBO Max. We’re pleased that the sequel will be seen as Villeneuve intended, as he expressed his concerns numerous times before its release (via Total Film Magazine).
What Is the Plot of Dune Part 2?
“Part 2” of Frank Herbert’s novel, which was based on the first half of the novel, is almost certainly going to follow the second half. The final scenes of “Dune” show that Lady Jessica and Paul Atreides have accepted Arrakis’s indigenous Fremen as their new allies. According to Denis Villeneuve, “It’s the journey where Paul Atreides and his mother Lady Jessica, meet with the Fremen.” (Deadline has a screenshot of this quote.)
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It’s stated in the novel that Paul will become the Fremen people’s Messiah and help them overthrow Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, Florence Pugh’s potential character. In the sequel, we can expect to see Paul dealing with the loss of his father and growing more self-assured.
Since the beginning of the film, he’s had visions of Chani (Zendaya), a character he’s had feelings for ever since. However, Villeneuve made it clear at the PGA Awards that “Paul’s journey against the enemy” is what “Part 2” will focus on. In the end, Paul will have to ride a sandworm, which should make for some interesting cinematic viewing.
Due to creative liberties taken in the writing of “Dune” by Villeneuve and co-writers Eric Roth and Jon Spaight, “Part 2” may not be as faithful to Herbert as he had hoped.
Dune 2 Cast: Who’s Coming Back for Dune Part Two?
Even though the cast has yet to be officially confirmed, based on their reactions to the sequel announcement, it appears that everyone is up for returning.
Timothée Chalamet will reprise his role as Paul Atreides, and Zendaya will reprise her role as Chani, who we knew would play a bigger role in Part Two after Paul finally met Chani at the end of Part One.
“I want to grow with the characters I play, and with the people that I get to learn from. Anybody who has read the books knows there’s so much more to explore and deal with,” Zendaya told Deadline.
Other returns will include Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgård as the villainous Baron Harkonnen and Dave Bautista as the Baron’s nephew Glossu Rabban (aka ‘The Beast’).
Like Zendaya, Bardem is set to have a bigger role in the sequel as he revealed to Vanity Fair that the expanded sequel role was part of Villeneuve’s pitch to him.
“He [Villeneuve] said, ‘I have a small role, if there is such a thing, as the second part of the book the role will be bigger, and I would love you to do it if you want to.’ And I said, ‘Of course, I want to. I don’t care if there’s a second movie or not,” he recalled.
However, don’t go expecting to see Oscar Isaac back as Duke Leto Atreides, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho or Babs Olusanmokun as Jamis, given that they were all killed off during the first movie.
If you’ve read the books, you’ll know that Momoa has the potential to return as Duncan Idaho later in the series, so maybe Villeneuve will find a way to incorporate that into the sequel.
If you’ve read Duncan Idaho, you know he makes a reappearance in the book, so it’s not over till the last lady sings.
After House Harkonnen’s attack on Arrakis, the fates of Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin) and Thufir Hawat (Stephen McKinley Henderson) were left in limbo. Again, readers of the book will know what happened to them, but spoilers for future events will be avoided for the time being.
Also, we’ll meet Feyd-Rautha, the Baron’s other nephew, who will be played by Elvis actor Austin Bulter. The Emperor and Christopher Walken have been added to the cast. Princess Irulan Corrino will be played by Marvel’s Florence Pugh.
Dune 2 Trailer
However, the first half’s cliffhanger ending has already made fans eager for the sequel to Dune Part One.
Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. announced Dune Part Two on October 26th, a few days after the premiere of Part One. In October 2023, the sequel will be released in theatres.
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