- Dune: Part Two is arguably one of the most anticipated sequences of recent years.
- The sequel will provide a sense of closure to Dune’s story, at least compared to the first movie, and showcase a more classic structure.
- Key elements to look forward to include the development of the relationship between Chani and Paul Atreides, the return of Gurney Halleck, the introduction of Feyd Rautha as a promising new villain, and the expansion of Dune’s universe with new planets.
Dune: Part Two is closer than ever, and there are a lot of things to get excited about ahead of the long-awaited sequel. After a couple of failed attempts to adapt Frank Herbert’s famous sci-fi novel, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune proved the cinematic potential of the story. The disappointments from the past have been left behind as the journey of Paul Atreides has finally found a suitable adaptation that could honor the quality of the source material. Denis Villeneuve’s work took Dune to another level by displaying remarkable storytelling abilities as well as aesthetic perfection, aspects that make Part Two even more exciting.
Dune was a box office hit, grossing a total of $402 million during the pandemic, received stellar reviews from critics, and was one of the biggest winners of the 2022 Oscars with six Academy Awards. Considering Part One is mainly an introduction to Dune‘s universe, the fact that its sequel covers much more interesting parts of the book is already an indicator that its success could be even greater. Despite constant changes in Dune: Part Two‘s release date, it has been scheduled to come out on March 1st, 2024, and there are a lot of things to be excited about regarding the sequel.
10 A Sense Of Closure For Dune’s Story
Dune: Part Two Will Showcase A More Classic Structure
Villeneuve’s decision to split the first book’s adaptation into two films gave him enough time to make a proper introduction to Dune‘s universe. However, as much as the first installment’s appeal lies in achieving aesthetic brilliance with an incredible handling of the tension by the director, the film’s structure feels a little bit awkward. The film does not work as a whole, since there is clearly a lack of closure and climax. Although a third movie is expected, Dune 2 will certainly reach its climax as the first novel tells an entire process that has a beginning and an end, regardless of what happens in subsequent books.
9 Zendaya’s Character Will Have More Relevance In Dune 2
Chani and Paul Atreides’ Relationship Will Be Crucial In Dune 2
Two-time Emmy winner Zendaya portrays a very important character in Dune 2, Chani. Chani is a Fremen living in the Arrakis desert. In Dune: Part One, she is a brief vision inside Paul Atreide’s dream, making an actual appearance by the end of the film once Paul and his mother find the Fremen in the desert. Without even reading Frank Hebert’s novel, a future romantic relationship between Paul and Chani can be easily foreseen. Obviously, that is the path followed by the novel, so Chani’s character will play a crucial role in this second part. More screen time for Zendaya, one of the best actors of her generation, is very exciting.
8 Gurney Halleck’s Return
An Encounter Between Josh Brolin’s Character and Paul Atreides Could Be Epic
Even though what happened to Gurney Halleck in Dune: Part One remains unknown, his return has been confirmed. The character portrayed by Josh Brollin is a very important piece of the Atreides House and has a strong bond with Paul Atreides. His fate remains unclear. Gurney fights strongly and bravely against the Harkonnen, but it is not shown if he survives or not. Considering the importance of Halleck to the House and the fact that neither Paul nor he knows if the other is alive, a potential encounter between those characters should be emotional and intense.
7 A Promising New Dune Villain
Feyd Rautha Might Steal The Show
Feyd Rautha is a great villain that Villeneuve decided to leave out in the first part. He will now make his first appearance in this sequel. Everything revealed about Austin Butler’s Dune character so far strongly suggests Dune 2 will fix the original 1984 movie Feyd Rautha’s mistake of not giving him the importance the novel does. The black and white images are clear indicators of the director’s decision to include Rauthas’ gladiator battles, which are a fundamental piece of the character construction ahead of the final fight against Paul Atreides. Furthermore, Austin Butler’s characterization and performance promise to live up to the importance of the villain.
6 Dune 2’s Incredible Cast
Stars From Dune: Part One Welcome Other Major Names
Dune 2‘s cast is fantastic. Besides Zendaya and Josh Brolin’s comebacks, a big part of the cast will be back for this installment. Obviously, lead actor Timothée Chalamet will be joined, once again, by Javier Bardem as Stilgar and Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Harkonnen, two of the highlights of the first film. Additionally, new characters, portrayed by great actors, bring lots of excitement. Oscar-nominated Austin Butler will play Fey-Rautha Harkonnen, the main villain, Florence Pugh will play Princes Irulan Corrino, the Emperor’s daughter, Christopher Walken will take the role of the Emperor himself, and Léa Seydoux will be Lady Margot, a very important Bene Gesserit.
5 Dune 2 Will Have More Action Scenes
Part Two Will Have A Faster Pace Sustained By Many Action Sequences
Besides a more classic structure, Dune 2 promises to show more action sequences. These two elements combined will surely elevate the level of entertainment. Considering that the universe has been presented perfectly in the first installment, this next film is expected to have a faster pace. The trailers alone already show several action scenes that involve battles and other events regarding Paul Atreides’s adaptation to life in Arrakis’s desert. One of the details that could make Dune 2 better than Part One is more battles, considering that there is a major war between the Fremen led by Atreides and the Harkonnen.
4 The Sandworm Ride
Dune: Part Two’s Trailer Hints At A Major Moment From The Novel
Dune: Part Two‘s trailers show glimpses of what could probably be one of the best scenes of the movie. A huge moment of Paul Atreides’s process of adaptation to life with the Fremen is wormriding. Worms have already been spectacularly introduced in the first installment. Villeneuve’s work on the worm scenes is perfect; music, sound, camera, montage, and, most importantly, visual effects. The giant worms are one of the most appealing things in the movie because they are jaw-dropping. Paul Atreides attracting a giant worm and then riding it in Arrakis’ desert surely promises to be one of the most epic scenes in the franchise.
3 New Dune Planets Will Be Shown
A Wider Look At Dune’s Universe Is Expected In This Installment
While Part One shows a little bit of Caladan and a lot of Arrakis, in Dune: Part Two the universe is likely to expand. Firstly, the events covered by the second film are set in a large part on Giedi Prime, the Harkonnen planet. In other words, a lot of their hometown is expected to be seen. In addition to this, Kaitan, the Emperor’s planet, could also be one of the new places in this installment. Both the art direction and the work on locations in the first film are superb, so there’s plenty of excitement ahead of new things to see in that area.
2 Dune’s Esthetic Brilliance Will Be Kept
Most Of The Artists That Made Dune So Appealing Are Back
Dune: Part One‘s main appeal lies in the incredible aesthetic display. The fact that most of the crew is back for Part Two is already exciting. Hans Zimmer in the music, Greg Fraiser in the cinematography, and Patrice Vermette in production design are all back. New characters, new settings, and the images seen in the trailers are indicators that Dune 2 will not only match the quality of the first, but it will level it up. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Greg Fraiser said this sequel will be “bigger and better“. The excitement shown by the director of photography already foreshadows that this installment will reach another level visually.
1 Alia’s Appearance In Dune 2
Paul Atreide’s Younger Sister’s Appearance Is Highly Expected
Alia Artreides’s character has major relevance in the book. While Paul is left fatherless in the first film, his mother is already pregnant before Leto’s death. Alia is a very particular character as she is a child born after a mother’s spice agony, which gives her weird powers that are crucial to the plot. Even though there haven’t been any details revealed about that role, given its importance in the book, Alia is very likely to appear. While Lynch’s adaptation changed Alia’s age, the way in which Villeneuve is going to deal with a two-year-old super-intelligent talking child in Dune: Part Two builds huge expectations.
Sources: Entertainment Weekly
Dune: Part Two
- Release Date:
- Denis Villeneuve
- Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Rebecca Ferguson
- Not Yet Rated
- Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama, Adventure
- Denis Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts
- $122 Million
- Legendary Pictures
- Warner Bros. Pictures
- Dune: Part Three