‘Dune: Part Two’: Everything We Know So Far

If you haven’t already seen Dune: Part 1, you’ve at least heard about the epic-sci-fi film that left us all wondering when we were going to get news on the Dune: Part 2 release date.

For those of you not familiar with Dune‘s history, it’s based on the first of six books by Frank Herbert. The ending of the 2021 film leaves us with an onslaught of unanswered questions, much like the first Lord of The Rings film.

The Story of Dune: Part 1

Dune: Part 1 tells the story of Paul Atreides (played brilliantly by Timothée Chalamet), a gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding. In order to ensure the future of his family and his people, Paul and his family are tasked with traveling to the most dangerous planet in the universe.

Not long after arriving on the planet, malevolent forces explode into conflict over an exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence. This commodity, which is capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential is cherished deeply by the planet’s inhabitants. And it quickly becomes apparent that only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Dune Movie Poster

Dune: Part 2 Release Date News

The good news is that shortly after Dune’s theatrical release this fall,  Legendary and Warner Bros. confirmed that they are moving ahead with Dune: Part 2 for an October 2023 release.

Director, Denis Villeneuve has, since the beginning, expressed his desire to make Dune a two-part cinematic event. Once receiving news of the green light for the sequel, Villeneuve commented, “I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with Dune: Part Two. It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary, and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.”

Dune was the latest of WB’s day-and-date 2021 releases, with the film earning a $40.1 opening at the domestic box office even as it simultaneously hit HBO Max. With a pre-marketing budget of $165, the adaptation has earned $223 million globally so far. Since Legendary put up 80% of the production budget, making the planned sequel was their call.

Dune Part 2 Announcement

Dune: Part 2 Cast

While we’re not big on spoilers at FanBolt, we can assume that if you’re reading this post, you’ve already seen Dune: Part 1. Thus you already know that some characters don’t survive the first film.

As far as returning cast members, it is likely that we’ll see the following actors return for the sequel:

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

As far as cast members not returning for Dune Part 2, we do not expect that Oscar Isaac (Duke Leto) and Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Dr. Liet-Kynes) will return, due to their characters’ death in the first film. However, as far as Jason Momoa, book fans know that he does return in Dune Messiah as a ghola clone. So it is possible that we’ll see him return for the sequel.

Dune First Look Photos

New Characters

We know that we’re getting some new characters as well, including Paul’s sister Alia along with the Emperor and Princess Irulan. No word yet on casting for these roles, but we’ll keep you posted as new details surface!

Is There a Dune: Part 2 Trailer Yet?

Not yet! But we’re holding a space for it when it does release here and we’ll update this post as more details surface. As far as an expected Dune Part 2 trailer release date, we would bet that Super Bowl 2023 would be a likely bet for when we will see a first official trailer.

In the meantime, we’ve got the Dune Part 1 trailer below for you.

Will There Be a Dune: Part 3?

This is a valid question. How many Dune sequels will we get?

So Dune: Part 1 and Dune: Part 2 only cover the first book (Dune) in Frank Herbert’s series. There are 6 more books in the series. So if Dune: Part 2 is as successful as the first film, it’s highly likely that we’ll get another sequel based on the second book, Dune Messiah.

There’s no news on this yet, though Villeneuve has already hinted at this possibility in interviews. Read what he said to EW below.

“I always envisioned three movies … It’s not that I want to do a franchise, but this is Dune, and Dune is a huge story. To honor it, I think you would need at least three movies. That would be the dream. To follow Paul Atreides and his full arc would be nice … Herbert wrote six books, and the more he was writing, the more it was getting psychedelic … So I don’t know how some of them could be adapted. One thing at a time. If I ever have the chance to do Dune: Part Two and Dune Messiah, I’m blessed.”

With Dune: Part 2 going into production sometime in 2022, there is hope that perhaps the studios could go ahead and schedule filming of a third film at the same time. Doing so would lessen the gap between releases, ultimately making for a better fan experience. But as of the time of writing this article, there is no news on whether or not Legendary and Warner Brothers will go that route.

Fan Commentary Time!

Have you seen Dune: Part 1? Are excited for Dune Part 2? Sound off with your thoughts and hopes for the sequel in the comment section below!

This article was originally published on November 28, 2021.

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  1. I have not seen Dune yet but it is on my list. I read the book earlier this year and it looks very close to the book. So thrilled they will get to complete the story of book 1 (six in total)