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“They’ve Done an Amazing Job”: Javier Bardem Responds to Dune 2 Script, Praises Denis Villeneuve

Dune is finally coming back for more, with Warner Bros. approving a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s picture after it exceeded audiences’ expectations and won multiple Academy Awards. The manner Villeneuve approached translating Frank Herbert’s epic novel has been fiercely contested, with devoted fans stunned by how the tale has played out onscreen thus far. That feeling is poised to continue with the upcoming Dune 2, according to one of the film’s cast.

Dune 2
Dune: Part II

Actor Javier Bardem indicated that the script for Dune: Part II will bring the franchise’s parts together in an unexpected way during a Q&A at the Cannes Film Festival. The Dune series by Frank Herbert has long been regarded to be unadaptable. Denis Villeneuve, the director of Arrival, tackled the massive sci-fi novel series in 2021 with his Timothée Chalamet-led version of Dune, which broke the novel into two halves. Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Javier Bardem also appeared in the film.

Dune 2 is going to ‘surprise’ people

Javier Bardem - Dune 2
Javier Bardem

Denis Villeneuve, the writer/director of Dune 2, announced in March that his script was “finished mostly.” It appears that it is now complete enough to be in the hands of at least one actor.  The actor who portrays Stilgar, Javier Bardem, recently took part in a Q&A at the Cannes Film Festival. The Spanish actor gave his initial thoughts on the script, which follows the 2021 film’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel.

“I’ve read the new draft and I think they’ve done an amazing job of putting together the pieces in a way that is gonna surprise people. They won’t be surprised [by what happens], obviously, because they’ve read the book, but they’ll be surprised by the way they put it together. I was very moved by it. It’s a movie that is full, and you can feel the weight of it, and at the same time [you can enjoy] the spectacularity of it. [I can’t wait] to go back to the desert with those people, and I’m so happy to go back with Denis, who is one of the greatest directors ever. He’s a lovely man.”

Timothée and Zendaya in Dune - Dune 2 will surprise people
Timothée and Zendaya in Dune

Dune: Part 2 is currently scheduled to be released on October 20, 2023, and is also expected to see the return of Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, and Zendaya as Chani, with Christopher Walker playing Emperor Shaddam IV, Austin Butler playing Feyd-Rautha, Florence Pugh in negotiations to play Princess Irulan.

Source – Deadline

Written by Varshit Sharma

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