Dune was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2021. The film, starring the likes of Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya and Jason Mamoa, had a huge budget of $165 million and grossed $405 million worldwide. As an adaptation of a book, the story was always going to be better told in two halves, and director Denis Villeneuve has begun shooting on the sequel this month.
In Dune: Part Two, Villeneuve and co-writer Jon Spaihts take on the second half of Herbert’s book, focusing on Timothée Chalamet’s character Paul Atreides’ (Timothée Chalamet) ascent to the position of spiritual and military leader among the Fremen and Lady Jessica’s (Rebecca Ferguson) campaign against the Harkonnen and the Emperor’s forces on the planet Arrakis.
Among the cast members from the original film who are back for this one are Chalamet, Ferguson, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin. If you haven’t already seen the first film, you’ll still have plenty of time to watch it before Part 2 wraps. The sequel isn’t scheduled for release until November 2023, meaning fans have a long way to wait.
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Was Dune a Success?
Dune is one of the most popular sci-fi book series of all time. The original novel, written by Frank Herbert in 1965, has sold millions of copies around the world. There are now 24 books in the Dune series, which covers the story of warring factions in a galactic empire. The book had previously been adapted into a movie in 1984. This film, directed by David Lynch, failed to impress critics, and many fans of the books were left disappointed, opening the door for Denis Villeneuve to try again many years later.
The 2021 release of Dune was met with a lot of expectations, especially as its release was originally delayed due to the global covid pandemic. It was widely praised by critics on release for its visuals, score, actor performances and its faithfulness to the original books. Globally, it was a major success, thanks to the inclusion of famous actors as well as the reputation of director Villeneuve. In India, its box office raised around $50 million.
What to Expect from Dune: Part 2?
Part 2 won’t be released until November 2023, which gives fans plenty of time to speculate about what might be included in the film. It will aim to pick up where the first film left off, although, like in the book, there will likely be a time skip.
According to the description, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) teams up with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen to exact revenge on those who killed his family. Atreides will use whatever means at his disposal to avert the awful future that he has seen coming.
The all-star ensemble cast of the sequel also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, and Stephen McKinley Henderson, in addition to Chalamet and Zendaya. As the legendary Feyd Rautha, Austin Butler joins the movie’s cast. Christopher Walken will play the Emperor.
Villeneuve is working once more with Greig Fraser, an Oscar-winning director of photography, Jacqueline West, a three-time nominee for best costume design, and Donald Mowat, a nominee for best make-up, hair, and prosthetics design. The sequel’s soundtrack will once again be composed by Hans Zimmer, whose work on Dune: Part One earned him an Oscar.
Along with Patrice Vermette, an Oscar-winning production designer, Joe Walker, an Oscar-winning editor, Paul Lambert, an Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor three times over, and Gerd Nefzer, an Oscar-winning special effects supervisor, will also be rejoining the production team.