It goes without saying that Dune is one of the most anticipated films of 2021. Denis Villeneuve, the director of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, is behind the latest feature-length film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved sci-fi novel, which stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.
Most people are unaware that this Dune is the first of two films based on Frank Herbert’s massive novel, even going so far as to call itself Dune: Part One in the opening credits. “I would not agree to make this book adaptation into a single film,” Villeneuve told Vanity Fair in May 2020. “The world is far too complicated.” It’s a world that finds its power in the smallest details.”
What is the Release Date of Dune Part 2?
Dune: Part 2 will be released in theatres on October 20, 2023.
It’s not surprising: by the time Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel hit theatres in the United States, all signs pointed to a sequel (Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff all but confirmed a sequel on October 21, the day before the film’s release). Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. confirmed on October 26 that “Dune: Part Two” was officially greenlit.
“I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with ‘Dune: Part Two,'” Villeneuve said in a statement. It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune,’ and I am grateful to the fans, cast and crew, Legendary, and Warner Bros. for their support. This is just the start.”
This is only the beginning…
— Legendary (@Legendary) October 26, 2021
Plot/Storyline of Dune Part 2?
Even with a two-and-a-half-hour runtime, Dune Part One left us with a few unanswered questions, such as why we didn’t get more Zendaya. What is going to happen to Paul and his mother? Will there be more colossal sandworms?
Let’s take a step back. (Warning: spoilers ahead!) The powerful Atreides family took a post in the desert planet of Arrakis to harvest a valuable spice, which led to a terrible crash with the rival House Harkonnen, which killed many people, including Paul’s father, Duke Leto. During the siege, Paul and his mother were exiled, and after attempting to survive in the desert, they end up with a Fremen tribe led by Stilgar and including Chani.
We can look to the book for clues as to what will happen next. According to Esquire, Paul rises through the Fremen ranks, falls in love with Chani, rebels against Emperor Shaddam IV (and marries his daughter, Princess Irulan), and faces House Harkonnen, specifically his rival Feyd-Rautha. He also continues to play the role of “Kwisatz Haderach,” the messianic figure. Lady Jessica, who we already know is pregnant by the end of the first film, gives birth to Alia, a daughter with significant Bene Gesserit powers.
In fact, the Harkonnens will appear in greater numbers in the sequel. “It’s like a chess game,” Villeneuve told IndieWire. Some new characters will be introduced in the second part, and I decided early on that this first part would be more about Paul Atreides and the Bene Gesserit, and his first encounter with a different culture. There will be a lot more Harkonnen in the second part.”
Feyd-Rautha, according to the director, “will definitely be a very, very important character in the second part of Dune.” Also, not everyone who dies is truly gone; “some will reappear out of the dust,” he added.
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The cast of Dune Part Two?
While we’re still waiting for official confirmation of the cast, it appears that everyone is eager to return based on their reactions to the sequel announcement.
Timothée Chalamet will reprise his role as Paul Atreides, and his co-star in the sequel will be Zendaya’s Chani, who we knew would have a larger role to play in Part Two after Paul finally met Chani at the end of the first film.
The following cast members and characters are likely to appear in Dune: Part 2.
- Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides
- Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica
- Zendaya as Chani
- Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
- Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
- Dave Bautista as Count Glossu Rabban Harkonnen
- Stephen McKingley Henderson as Thufir Hawat
- Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
- Javier Bardem as Stilgar
- Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
- Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan Corrino
- TBC as Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV Corrino
- TBC as Alia Atreides
Florence Pugh ‘is in talks to play Princess Irulan Corrino
According to Variety, Black Widow star Florence Pugh is in talks to play Princess Irulan Corrino in the sequel.
The character is the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV Corrino’s eldest daughter, and she has been trained in the ways of the Bene Gesserit.
Princess Irulan is a major character in subsequent Dune novels, so if these are adopted, we may see more films with Pugh as the lead.
However, Warner Bros has yet to confirm the casting, which appears to be dependent on Pugh’s and the production’s schedule.
Austin Butler ‘in talks’ to play Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
According to Deadline, Austin Butler, who played Elvis Presley in director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis, is in talks to play Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Butler’s major role has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros.
Is there a Dune: Part 2 trailer?
Not yet – though if production moves quickly, we could see the first glimpse in late 2022 or early 2023.
Who is directing Dune Part Two?
Villeneuve is back in the director’s chair. His work on 2016’s Arrival earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director, and Dune fans are mostly ecstatic about what he’s done with the beloved books on screen.
Where to watch it?
Dune Part Two will be released exclusively in theatres.
Given Villeneuve’s feelings about Warner Bros.’ day-and-date release strategy, Dune: Part Two will not be available on HBO Max on the same day it is released in theatres.
That doesn’t mean you can’t watch the movie from the comfort of your own home, but you’ll have to wait a while before it’s available to rent or stream.