Unless it is a real bomb, a sequel to that of Denis Villeneuve Dunes was always almost assured. With strong reviews, strong streaming numbers, and 10 Oscar nominations for the first, the second installment starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya is now confirmed. Scheduled for release in October 2023, Dune: part two will once again take place in the inhospitable desert of Arrakis in the distant future. This time around, Messiah Paul Atriedes (Chalamet) is on a journey to his destiny, battling the Harkonnens and Emperor Shaddam IV along the way. Fortunately, he has reinforcements in the form of the Fremen, and specifically the Fremen warrior Chani, played by Zendaya.
We have almost a year and a half before Dune: part two hits theaters, but a surprising amount is already known about the film. Here, everything we’ve learned about what Villeneuve, Chalamet and Zendaya have in store for us so far.
HAS Dune: part two started filming?
Dune: part two began pre-production in Altivole, Italy in early July, according to Deadline, and now the team has moved to Budapest, where the first movie was filmed, to begin filming the sequel. The film’s official Twitter account announced the start of production with a photo of a flapper on Twitter. And while it’s only just begun, photos from the set have already leaked. A blurry shot shows new cast member Florence Pugh dressed as Princess Irulan in character, wearing an off-white tunic and matching headpiece.
Who is in the cast of Dune: part two?
Don’t worry: Zendaya and Chalamet are both confirmed to return. The same goes for Rebecca Ferguson and Josh Brolin, who are presumably reprising their roles as Lady Jessica Atreides and Gurney Halleck. They will have plenty of new company, starting with Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot, a servant of the Sorority. Florence Pugh will play Princess Irulan and Austin Butler will portray Feyd-Rathua, Brown’s heir to Vladimir Harkonnen. Christopher Walken will round out the cast as the ruthless Emperor Shaddam IV.
Will Zendaya get more screen time?
Fortunately, yes. The 25-year-old appeared in just seven minutes of the original, much to the disappointment of fans who witnessed his whopping two hours and 35 minutes running time. Villeneuve said that Dune: part two will primarily focus on the character of Chalamet, but also promised that we’ll get to know those who were sidelined in the original better.
“There are less developed characters that I keep for the second film, that’s how I found the balance,” he told the Los Angeles Times last fall, noting that he had always planned to make two films. “We tried in this film to stay as close as possible to Paul’s experience. Then, in the second, I will have time to develop certain characters who have been left out a bit” As the character of Zendaya, the Fremen warrior Chani, at the end of the first part, “this is only the beginning”.
How much Dunes do we get?
Knowing Villeneuve, don’t be surprised if the sequel is also over two and a half hours long. In addition to this, a spin-off series titled Dune: Brotherhood approaching a year of development at HBO Max. “As a narrative universe, Dunes has extraordinary potential. Dunes writer Jon Spaihts told the Time.“It’s a universe of 10,000 worlds, with civilizations spanning millennia and so many schools and tribes of people caught up in political intrigue, spiritual pursuits, battles and ancient vendettas.” Plus, there are around a million characters to explore.
When is Dune: part two to be freed ?
Production is slated to begin this fall, putting the film on track for an October 20, 2023 release. As for why that’s so far away, chances are Chalamet had something to do with it. Between playing a young Willy Wonka and finding call me by your name director Luca Guadagnino on a cannibal movie, the 26-year-old Oscar nominee has remained reserved and busy.
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