Dune 2 has now begun filming. This comes as no surprise to fans because everything was pointing at Dune having a sequel. Then came an official confirmation on October 26 from Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros that Dune 2 was officially a go. Denis Villeneuve announced that “I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with ‘Dune: Part Two.’ It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary, and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.”
Cast Members to join Dune Part II:
Shishakli, a squad leader of Fedaykin will be played by Souheila Yacoub. She recently appeared in The Salt of Tears and the drama series Les Sauvages and No Man’s Land.
Léa Seydoux will be playing the role of Lady Margit in the upcoming Dune sequel. In the original novel by Frank Herbert, Lady Margot Fenring serves the Sisterhood, although she had fallen under the spell of House Corrino.
Christopher Walken plays the role of Emperor Shaddam IV. The role that he is playing is the ruler of the universe that had first sent the Atreides family to Arrakis to their peril.
Austin Butler is confirmed to play Feyd-Rautha who was the evil nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and the heir to the Harkonnen empire and with this, he will be making his way into Dune: Part II.
Florence Pugh is also rumored to be joining the cast. She might be playing the role of Princess Irulan.
When will the shooting start?
Denis Villeneuve revealed the status of Dune: Part two and hinted that the production might start by the end of summer 2022.
Denis Villeneuve said, “I will say it is mostly designed.” The main protagonist of the story is going to be Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet. He added, “The thing that helps us right now is that it’s the first time I’ve revisited a universe. So I’m working with the same crew, everybody knows what to do, we know what it will look like. The movie will be more challenging, but we know where we are stepping. And the screenplay is written. So I feel confident.”
Denis Villeneuve also said, “Frankly, the only big unknown for me right now is the pandemic.”
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There was always a part two planned:
Denis Villeneuve had said that he had only signed to direct Dune because they agreed to let him spilt the novel into two movies. He wanted to film both the movies back-to-back but there were financial constraints and they wanted to wait and see the approach of people towards the movie.
Dune: Part two is official now. Denis Villeneuve said,” We have been hearing in the past few decades that it’s not possible to adapt this book and that it’s an impossible task. I think that in the back of the mind of the studio, it’s still the same!”
He added, “The first thing was to prove that there was a beautiful, popular movie that can exist, and I think that I proved that — everybody at Warner Bros and Legendary, they are 100 percent behind the project. They feel that it would need a really bad outcome at the box office to not have a ‘Dune: Part Two,’ because they love the movie. They are proud of the movie, so they want the movie to move forward. And they still did half of it. So, you know, I’m very optimistic.”
Dune: Part Two release:
Dune 2 is getting released in the theatres on October 20, 2023, from Warner Bros. That gives a solid two-year gap between the two movies. Warner Bros has agreed to give Dune: part two an exclusive theatrical release, although the exact theatrical window is yet to be confirmed.