Dune: Part Two has officially taken a very important step to get closer to theaters. According to a new post on star Timothée Chalamet’s Instagram, the movie has officially wrapped production, news that he shared with a behind-the-scenes photo to mark the end of filming.
Production on the sequel began in July earlier this year. The film’s release date has changed several times since then, but as of this writing it is expected to be in theaters exclusively on November 3, 2023.
2021’s Dune covered roughly the first half of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel, from the Atreides family’s departure from their home planet of Caladan to the attack on Harkonnen House that left Paul and his mother Jessica on the run for their lives. Zendaya’s character, Chani, was of great importance in the film’s marketing, but only appeared in the final moments of the film.
Dune: Part Two will feature returning cast members Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem. Joining the cast for the second half of the story are Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, Christopher Walken as Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, and Austin Butler (Elvis) as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. Presumably, the movie will pick up where the first part left off, with Paul Atreides joining the Fremen and eventually leading them to victory over House Harkonnen and the Empire to free Arrakis and the Fremen.
Dune grossed more than $400 million at the box office despite its release during the COVID-19 pandemic and its simultaneous appearance on HBO Max. Villeneuve’s film was also nominated for 10 Academy Awards, taking home six, including Best Sound, Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and Best Achievement in Cinematography.
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