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Dune: Part Two has officially been greenlit after an explosive opening weekend for the movie. Here's everything we know so far.
Based on the bestselling books by Frank Herbert of the same name, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), a "brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding," who embarks upon an epic journey across the galaxy to save the future of his family and people.
The film boasts an elite cast, with Mission Impossible's Rebecca Ferguson as Paul's mother, Star Wars' Oscar Isaac as his father and Zendaya as the Freman Chani, a love interest who appears in Paul's visions.
There's also Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) as the two warriors Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho, who train Paul in combat, among other high profile cast members.
Warner Bros. had always agreed to a two-part approach to Dune, but even so, it depended on how well the first movie was received. And the fact that it de-throned No Time To Die from the top of the UK's box office charts after its opening weekend is justification enough for a sequel.
We always kind of knew a second movie was planned though. "If you watch the movie you see how it ends. I think you pretty much know the answer to that," WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff told Deadline when asked about a sequel.
Dune: Part Two comes out in 2023, but we haven't been given any more information than that at the moment. We know the director, Denis Villeneueve, was raring to go on a sequel when he spoke to the press ahead of the first movie's release, so hopefully the cast and crew are just as eager to step on it.
We'll let you know as soon as we have an update and in the meantime, Warner Bros and HBO Max are reportedly working on a TV spin-off series called Dune: The Sisterhood, which will act as a prequel to the Dune movies.
A trailer hasn't been released yet, but as soon as it is, we'll drop it here for you. In the meantime, you might like to look at the film locations for Dune, which Timothee Chalamet and co will likely be returning to to film the sequel.
Warning: Spoilers for Dune: Part One in the next couple of paragraphs.
Many who have seen the film have said that Dune ends rather abruptly, and we now know there's a reason for that. The movie adapts roughly half of the first Herbert book and so there's more to come. As Chani said in the final scene: "This is only the beginning," and we hope that means there'll be even more Dune movies to look forward to.
Dune: Part One ends with Paul and his mother being accepted into the Fremen sect living in the deserts of Arrakis, after Paul defeated the sect's leader, Jamis (Babs Olusanmokun) in a fight.
We know that Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson will reprise their roles as the main characters, as will Zendaya, who is likely to play a bigger part in the sequel now that Paul has met her in person and been accepted into her sect.
Unfortunately (Spoiler alert), Paul's father (Oscar Isaac) was killed when tHouse Harkannen invaded Arrakis, as was Duncan (Jason Mamoa) and the Freman insider who helped Paul and Lady Jessica escape following the invasion, Liet-Kynes (Sharon Duncan-Brewster), so none of these cast members will be returning for the sequel.
As for the rest of the cast, nothing's been confirmed yet, but we imagine we'll be seeing some new characters as Paul and Lady Jessica begin to live among the Freman sect.
We'll let you know as soon as we get an update. But if you're too impatient to wait until 2023, you can always read the books? There's 15 of them to keep you busy.
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