Dune Part Two Is An Epic War Movie

Reportedly, Dune: Part Two will be much less meditative than the first movie and more action-packed.

By Robert Scucci | Updated

Dune Part Two

If you’ve already had high expectations for the upcoming Dune: Part Two film, then you’ll be glad to know that you’re in for a treat of epic proportions. While Part One only covered the first two-thirds of Frank Herbert’s novel, and is considered to be a contemplative setup of what’s to come, Part Two will lend itself to more epic, war-driven, action-packed cinematography, according to The Hollywood Reporter. What’s more, director Denis Villeneuve clearly didn’t want to rest on his laurels, but rather continue to explore new territory and scenery in the highly anticipated sequel.

The teaser trailer for Dune: Part Two was revealed at CinemaCon on April 25, but has not appeared online at the time of writing this article.

Slated for a November 3, 2023 release, Dune: Part Two was fully shot in IMAX, which tells us that we’re going to be blown away by some seriously stunning visuals. Considering that only 40 percent of Part One was shot in IMAX, and achieved Academy Awards for Best Sound, Original Score, Film Editing, Production Design, Cinematography, and Visual Effects, it’s safe to say that Part Two will be everything that its predecessor was, but so much more as the story moves forward.

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Timothee Chalamet in Dune

Though Part One shows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as a student in training, he has visions of a bloody war fought in his name across the universe. It’s at this point that Paul Atreides joins the Fremen with the intention of bringing peace to the Arrakis. In other words, it’s safe to say that Dune: Part Two will explore Paul’s revenge arc against the conspirators who tore apart his family.

Though Villeneuve once stated that he considered ending Part One later in the book’s timeline, he knew deep down that ending the film after Paul meets the Fremen would be the most logical stopping point. And thanks to foreshadowing, and Paul’s prophetic visions, we were left with enough teasers that could clue us in on what’s to come in Dune: Part Two. So while Part One has given us the healthy amount of exposition and rising action that we needed, Part Two will ramp up in epic proportions to continue the story.

Dune: Part Two will also boast all new scenery and sets as it builds off the first film. Stressing the sentiment that he didn’t want to invoke a feeling of repetition, Villeneuve stated that the sequel will have all new sets. Though currently still in the post-production phase, principal photography wrapped in December 2022, and was shot on location in Budapest, Abu Dhabi, Jordan, and Italy.

If the production for Dune: Part Two isn’t impressive enough, new cast members will also be introduced to the sequel. Not only will Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem be reprising their roles from the first film, there will be new additions to the ensemble cast that will help in further in expanding the rich world that has been built for us.

Dune: Part Two will introduce Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, Souhelia Yacoub, and Tim Blake Nelson to the cast, and add more depth to the already rich tapestry that Villeneuve has weaved for us up to this point.

Dune: Part Two will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and as of now is slated for a November 3, 2023 release.