Dune 2: Everything we know so far

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When is Dune 2 coming? The first part only tells half of the science fiction book. We explain when the sequel will start and what the film is about.

The new Dune movie starts with a promise. Even before we are properly immersed in the world of the desert planet Arrakis, the four letters of the title appear in the picture. They are not alone: they are accompanied by the addition, which cannot be overlooked, that this is only the first part of a larger story.

Dune introduces us to a large world with many different characters and parties. There are power struggles, intrigues, and love stories. The comparisons between Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings don’t come from anywhere. It is certain that the story will continue: Here, you can find all the important information about Dune 2.

When will Dune 2 be released in theaters?

Dune © Warner Bros.

Dune 2 will be released in cinemas on November 17, 2023. Thus, the film chose a similar launch window as the first part, which came in September 2021 in theaters.

Warning, spoilers follow.

How does Denis Villeneuve’s first Dune film end?

It was clear from the beginning that Denis Villeneuve would not be filming the complete book with Dune. Several times the director emphasized that Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic is too complex to squeeze into two hours of cinema. Dune: Part 1 ends in the desert of Arrakis, where Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), join the native Fremen.

You can watch the trailer for the first Dune movie here:

How does the story of Dune continue in Part 2?

The Harkonnen have seized Arrakeen, the planet’s largest city, and all but wiped out House Atreides. The second half of Herbert’s novel deals with Paul learning about the Fremen world and standing with them against the oppressors. Villeneuve already confirmed that Chani, portrayed by Zendaya, will have a much larger role in the sequel.

How far along is production on Dune 2?

Dune 2
Dune © Warner Bros.

Thanks to convincing box office numbers and HBO Max, it’s clear that Dune 2 is coming. Eric Roth’s script is finished, and shooting is already begun in the summer of 2022. Director Denis Villeneuve will focus more on the meanies of the Harkonnen, creating a much darker film. Dune 2 thus picks up an important part from the original, which was previously only scratched.

The green light for a sequel was anything but a foregone conclusion: the Dune franchise faced major challenges, although a spin-off, Dune: The Sisterhood, was already in the works before the second part. Worldwide, the first Dune film grossed $400 million on a budget of $165 million. The HBO Max figures strengthen this box office result.

Who’s in the cast of Dune 2?

A number of familiar characters return in Dune 2.

  • Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
  • Zendaya as Chani
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Harkonnen
  • Javier Bardem as Stilgar
  • Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban
  • Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat
  • Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam

Three new cast members have also been confirmed.

  • Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan
  • Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
  • Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV
  • Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot

In Dune 2, the Emperor appears for the first time after he was only mentioned by name in the first part. He is the big string-puller in the background and thus also the one who initiated the downfall of House Atreides.

When will the first trailer for Dune 2 be released?

We are still a long way from a trailer. When the movie hits theaters in October 2023, we should expect the first moving images from Dune 2 in early 2023 at the earliest. We’ll keep you posted on any further updates on this.

How many more Dune books can be made into movies?

If Dune and Dune 2 are successful, we could see the birth of a huge franchise. In addition to the spin-off series and sequel, Villeneuve has already expressed interest that he can imagine a third installment based on Dune Messiah, Herbert’s second Dune novel. In total, the saga of the U.S. writer comprises six volumes.

  • Dune (1965)
  • Dune Messiah (1969)
  • Children of Dune (1976)
  • God Emperor of Dune (1981)
  • Heretics of Dune (1984)
  • Chapterhouse: Dune (1985)

Later, the series was continued by his son, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson with various prequel and sequel series.

  • Prelude to Dune (three volumes, 1999-2001)
  • Legends of Dune (three volumes, 2002-2004)
  • Heroes of Dune (two volumes, 2008-2009)
  • Great Schools of Dune (three volumes, 2012-2016)
  • The Caladan Trilogy (three volumes, 2020-2022)

Hunters of Dune (2006) and Sandworms of Dune (2007) are two books that directly follow Chapterhouse: Dune. So there is still a lot of material that can be used in future Dune movies and series.

Did Dune make you want to see the sequel?