After the smashing success of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, the sci-fi epic starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jason Mamoa, the makers have announced a sequel that will release on October 20, 2023.
Legendary announced the news in a tweet on Tuesday, ensuring that the spice will continue to flow on the screen.
This is only the beginning…
— Legendary (@Legendary) October 26, 2021
Dune fans have been eagerly waiting for this news for a long time, as Dune: Part One leaves things hanging in the balance for the sequel. Denis Villeneuve’s film covers roughly half of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel, with plenty more to come.
So, while we wait to return to Arrakis, here is everything you need to know about the Dune sequel. And be warned: there will be Dune spoilers ahead.
Dune sequel what to expect: Story, cast, and more —
Unlike the first film, which was released on HBO Max on the same day it was released in theatres in the United States, the sequel is expected to have an exclusive theatrical release in the United States with no day-and-date streaming release.
Ahead of the release of the first movie, Villeneuve revealed that he is ready to go very soon. “To go quickly in a movie of that size, you still need to make sets, costumes, so we are talking about months,” he explained. “But if ever there’s enthusiasm and the movie is greenlit sooner than later, I will say that I will be ready to shoot in 2022 for sure. I am ready to go, and I will say that I would love to bring it to the screen as soon as possible.”
While the cast has yet to be officially confirmed, the sequel will bring back Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, with Zendaya’s Chani as a potential co-lead. Villeneuve has stated that Zendaya will play a bigger role in the sequel, and given that Paul finally met Chani at the end of the first film, it is not surprising that their relationship will be central to the sequel. 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. There will also be some new faces in the cast.
The first film covered roughly half of Herbert’s novel, concluding with Paul and Lady Jessica being accepted into the Fremen and on their way to Stilgar’s home. With House Atreides largely decimated, it’ll be them versus the Empire in the sequel, where we’re sure to see more of Paul’s visions of himself leading a revolt against the Empire to come to life. Assuming Villeneuve follows the book as closely as he did in the first film, expect a time jump, new children entering the world, and major revelations.
For Villeneuve, the first film’s “tough task” was laying the groundwork, but now that it’s done, Part Two becomes “an insane playground.”
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