As Dune 2 debuted filming for a few days, what is there to know about this new opus directed by Denis Villeneuve?
Here is all the latest news regarding rumors and information on the release of Dune 2. Release date, official title, synopsis, trailer, casting, filming… Find out everything you need to know about the sequel to Dune.
Warning, potential spoilers!
WILL THERE BE A SEQUEL TO DUNE?
Yes, and the best news is that this sequel is already in production!Planned by Denis Villeneuve since the beginnings of the first opus, the continuation of the adventures of Paul Atreides did not seem guaranteed on the Warner side. Indeed, if the filmmaker would have preferred to shoot the two films at the same time, the studios however preferred the card of caution, and wait for a first return from the box office before giving the green light. Fortunately, the film's critical and commercial performance quickly vindicated the franchise's potential to producers, so they didn't wait long to kickstart pre-production on Dune. 2.
WHAT WILL dune 2 ABOUT?
In order to accurately grasp its scope and complexity, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve wanted to split the plot of the first novel into two separate films. This new installment will therefore continue to follow Paul Atreides as he continues his training with the Fremen on the planet Arrakis, while providing more screen time for other characters.
In an interview with Deadline in November 2021, actress Zendaya revealed that Chani, whom she plays briefly in the first part, will play a major role in the rest of the events. For his part, Paul will come to terms a little more with his destiny as Kwisatz Haderach (supreme being believed to bring peace to the world) as he seeks revenge against the enemies responsible for the downfall of his family.
By doing so, he will lead the Fremen engage in battle against the Harkonnen to overthrow Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and subsequently free the planet from his grip. According to the official synopsis published by Warner, this personal and political conflict will lead him to choose between the love of his life and the future of the known universe.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CAST?
The first thing to know about the casting of Dune 2, is that it will be much more comprehensive than that of its predecessor. Many actors and actresses have thus been confirmed to star in the film since its official announcement in October 2021. Of course, a majority of the main cast of the first film will be back: spectators will therefore have the pleasure to reunite with Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård and Dave Bautista in their respective roles.
Adding to this star-studded cast will be Austin Butler (Elvis, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood), who will play Feyd-Rautha, Baron Harkonnen's nephew. The actor will also be joined by Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Black Widow) who will portray Princess Irulan, one of the Emperor's five daughters, who will be played by Christopher Walken (Sleepy Hollow).
There will even be a little made in France touch to the casting of Denis Villeneuve, since Léa Seydoux has also joined the adventure, and will portray the character of Dame Margot. Finally, the Swiss Souheila Yacoub (Entre les vague, En corps) will also be on the bill for Dune 2, although her role remains unknown for the moment.
what is the release date of dune 2?
Originally scheduled for release on October 20, 2023 in the United States, Denis Villeneuve's sequel has, however, taken a little delay.Dune 2will therefore be released on November 17 in the United States, and on November 15, 2023 in France.
WHERE WILL DUNE 2 BE DISTRIBUTED?
Dune had a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max in the United States. A decision made by Warner Bros. in order to alleviate the pandemic, which was not at all to Villeneuve's taste. The latter has therefore made the theatrical release of Dune 2 one of the key points of its negotiations with the distributor.Thea sequel will therefore be exclusively released in theaters obscure.
HOW TO WATCH THE FILM TRAILER?
It doesn't exist yet, but this article will be updated if there is new information.
WHAT WILL BE THE TITLE OF dune 2?
For now, Dune 2 is officially titledDune: Part Two. This article will nevertheless be updated in case of change.