“This is just the start…” Dune 2 – or Dune: Part Two, to be more formal – will return fans to Arrakis in 2023 to conclude the story. Legendary Entertainment confirmed the sequel quickly after Dune: Part One’s outstanding box office performance.
Since then, the sci-fi epic has racked up a total of six Oscar nominations, including best visual effects, editing, and cinematography, effectively establishing Denis Villeneuve’s vision as Oscar-worthy (though it missed out on the coveted Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay).
We’re not surprised that a sequel has been confirmed, but it’s fortunate that the first film ended on such a major cliffhanger, as Villeneuve broke Frank Herbert’s novel in half. In reality, he’s working on a trilogy based on the sequel to Herbert’s novel Dune Messiah. It’s a different story whether or not that occurs.
For the time being, though, we’re concentrating on Dune: Part Two. Everything you need to know is right here!
Dune 2 release date: When will the sequel to Dune be released?
Not only do we know that Dune: Part Two will be released, but we also know when it will be released: October 20, 2023.
Villeneuve started in September 2021, ahead of the release of the first film, that he is ready to proceed very soon. “To film a movie of that size rapidly, you still need to make sets and costumes, so we’re talking months,” he explained.
Fortunately, the film is “largely designed,” as he told Empire in February 2022. “Right now, the fact that it’s the first time I’ve revisited a universe assists us.” So I’m working with the same group, and everyone knows what to do and how it will turn out,” he explained.
“The film will be more challenging, but we have a plan.” Aside from that, the screenplay has been finished. As a result, I am confident. To be honest, the only significant unknown regarding pandemic is right now.
Villeneuve also stated that filming on the picture would begin towards the end of the summer of 2022. We’re content to wait for the greatest version of Dune: Part Two, but we’re quietly certain that in October 2023, we’ll be back in Arrakis.
Dune 2 cast: Who’ll be reprising their roles in the sequel to Dune?
While we’re still waiting for official cast confirmation, it appears that everyone is excited to return based on their reactions to the sequel news.
Timothée Chalamet will reprise his role as Paul Atreides, with Zendaya’s Chani serving as his co-lead in the sequel. We knew Chani would play a bigger role in Part Two since Paul finally met her at the end of the first film.
“I want to learn from the individuals I work with and grow with the characters I play. Anyone who has read the books understands there is a lot more to learn and explore “Deadline spoke with Zendaya.
Rebecca Ferguson will reprise her role as Lady Jessica, Javier Bardem will reprise his role as Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgrd will reprise his role as the wicked Baron Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista will reprise his role as the Baron’s nephew Glossu Rabban.
Bardem, like Zendaya, is expected to play a larger role in the sequel, since he disclosed to Vanity Fair that Villeneuve’s presentation to him included a larger sequel role.
“‘I have a minor role, if there is such a thing, in the second part of the book, and I would love for you to do it if you want to,’ Villeneuve remarked. ‘Of course, I want to,’ I replied. I don’t care if a sequel is made or not “He recalled something.
Given that they were all killed off during the events of the previous film, don’t expect to see Oscar Isaac reprising his role as Duke Leto Atreides, Jason Momoa reprising his role as Duncan Idaho, or Babs Ourahmoune reprising his role as Jamis.
However, book fans will know that Momoa might return as Duncan Idaho later in the series, so who knows, maybe Villeneuve can find a way to include that plot in the sequel.
“Those who know the novel know that Duncan Idaho, for example, reappears,” editor Joe Walker teased Collider, “so it’s not done until the last girl sings.”
After House Makonnen’s attack on Arrakis, the destinies of Josh Brolin’s Gurney Halleck and Stephen McKinley Henderson’s Thufir Hawat were left in limbo. Again, book readers will know what happened to them, but for the time being, we’ll avoid spoilers for upcoming events.
There will be some new faces in the cast as well, as we will meet the Baron’s other nephew, Feyd-Rautha (played by Sting in the 1984 film), as well as the emperor himself.