Fans have had to wait three long years since the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, and while the sequel’s release date has been delayed, audiences are still excited to get details about the film.
Originally set to release in theaters in November 2023, due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Warner Bros pushed the release date back to March 15, 2024.
Everything You Should Know Before Dune: Part 2
Before watching the anticipated sequel, here’s all the information you need to know to get caught up.
Director Denis Villeneuve
In the last decade and a half, Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has taken Hollywood by storm with a string of high-concept blockbuster films which have become some of the most beloved major studio creations of recent years. Villeneuve’s position is unique in that his career has grown from festival-circuit international productions such as Polytechnique (2009) and Incendies (2010) to big-budget science-fiction adaptations like Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).
The critical success of those films was proof enough of Villeneuve’s capabilities to helm the adaptation of Dune in 2021
Dune featured a massive ensemble cast, including Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgard, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, and more. The film earned over $400 million at the box office and was acclaimed for its epic scale and forceful imagery.
The official story description is as follows: “Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family.”
The film continues Villeneuve’s project of adapting Frank Herbert’s infamously dense novel, an interstellar epic centering on warring factions of planetary societies in conflict with one another. Besides its conceptual complexity, the book is known for the intricacy of its political world-building, making it one of the most challenging beloved science-fiction texts to adapt on film.
Villeneuve’s first film focuses on the conflict for the desert planet Arrakis, which is coveted for a psychotropic substance called “spice” which can be mined on the planet. An interplanetary conflict between House Atreides and House Harkonnen for control of the planet forms the major dramatic action in the first film.
The sequel is likely to begin where the last film left off, with Chalamet’s Paul Atreides working alongside the people of Arrakis to defend the planet from the interests of House Harkonnen.
Dune: Part 2 will premiere in theaters in the U.S. on March 15, 2024, in a wide release by Warner Bros. Studios. The film was originally scheduled to release in November 2023, but due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, the release date was pushed back to 2024.
Get a sneak peek at the plot and action in the official trailer below:
Here is a look at the main cast appearing in Dune: Part 2:
- Timothée Chalamet as Duke Paul Atreides, the exiled ruler of House Atreides, who is called “Muad’Dib” by the Fremen.
- Zendaya as Chani, a young Fremen warrior and Paul’s love interest.
- Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Paul’s Bene Gesserit mother and concubine to Paul’s late father and predecessor, Leto Atreides.
- Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, the former weapons master of House Atreides and Paul’s mentor.
- Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, Baron Harkonnen’s youngest nephew and planned successor of House Harkonnen.
- Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, the Emperor’s daughter.
- Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban, the brutish nephew of Baron Harkonnen and older brother of Feyd-Rautha.
- Christopher Walken as Shaddam IV, the Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe and head of House Corrino.
- Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat, a Mentat loyal to House Atreides who is forced to serve House Harkonnen.
- Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot, a Bene Gesserit and close friend of the Emperor.
- Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, head of House Harkonnen, Feyd-Rautha’s uncle, sworn enemy to Atreides and former steward of Arrakis.
- Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam, a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother and the Emperor’s Truthsayer.
- Javier Bardem as Stilgar, leader of the Fremen tribe at Sietch Tabr.
The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve, features cinematography by Greg Fraser, editing by Joe Walker, and a score by Hans Zimmer. The screenplay was co-written by Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts.
The film will have a runtime of 150 minutes, or 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The film will be released with a PG-13 rating.
Will Dune: Part Two Be Available Streaming on a Streaming Service?
The film is currently scheduled for a theatrical release in March 2024 by Warner Bros. Pictures, and while a streaming release has yet to be announced, audiences can likely expect the film to appear on Max in the months following its theatrical release.
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