‘Dune 2’ Production Begins in Italy

Dune Part 2

Despite the announced delay in release date, Dune: Part II will begin production sooner than previously anticipated.

Dune’s star-studded cast resulted in a cinematic masterpiece that had audiences raving, garnering 6 Oscars. The list included Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound. The movie was nominated for even more beyond those six.

The sequel to this film is highly anticipated, as the first covered only half the original book’s contents. Fans are eager to see what awaits the characters in the second half of the story.

So when will we see Dune: Part II hit theaters? What’s happening with production? 

Let’s review what happened in Dune and talk about what’s to come with Dune: Part II. 

Dune Movie

Dune Plot Summary

We expect Dune: Part II to pick up where Dune left off. 

But what happened during Dune? 

Here’s the synopsis from the Dune press release: “A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.”

The movie ends on a great cliffhanger, as it only covers the first half of Frank Herbert’s book of the same name. We see Paul and Jessica join the Fremen group after Paul proves they are worthy with a duel. They begin their trek across the desert and Chani tells Paul, “This is only the beginning.”

Pushing Back the Dune 2 Release Date

Originally, Dune: Part II was set to hit theaters in October 2023, two years after they released Dune in October 2021. However, Legendary and Warner Bros. announced that the theatrical release would move to the Thanksgiving holiday in November 2023.

This isn’t the first time the Dune franchise saw a push in the release date. Dune experienced complications with COVID, as did practically every movie in 2020, and the release got pushed much more than a month.

This decision will pit Dune: Part II against the prequel to the Hunger Games series releasing on the same weekend. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will bring Suzanne Collins’s series back to the big screen. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II released back in 2015.

Will fans be more eager to revisit a cinematic universe they haven’t seen in a while? Or will they want to get back to a story they only had to wait two years for?

Dune 2 Beginning Production

According to Deadline, the cast and crew will get to work on Dune: Part Two significantly earlier than anticipated. Original reports had production beginning around the fall.

However, we’ve seen that the full cast could begin production as early as July 21, 2022. They will begin shooting in Budapest, Hungary, the same location as the original movie. And pre-shooting will begin in Italy today, July 4, 2022.

With production beginning ahead of schedule, we have to wonder if the release date will move up as well. Going back to the October date would relieve the pressure of competing with a movie of a similar genre. We’ll just have to see if the cast and crew experience any complications that delay filming.

Dune First Look Photos

Who in the Cast and Crew Will Return?

The talented cast and crew was what made the first installment of the Dune cinematic universe such a success. That’s why we’re excited to see so many returning faces.

Denis Villeneuve will return as director and also co-wrote the script along with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth. Maybe this time around he will secure an Oscar. The Academy nominated Dune for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, but eventually lost to CODA.

As far as the cast, here’s who is expected to return:

  • Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
  • Zendaya as Chani (and Villeneuve promised us that we’ll see her in a larger role this time around)
  • Josh Brolin as Gurney
  • Javier Bardem as Stilgar
  • Stellan Skarsgård as The Baron 
  • Dave Bautista as Rabban 

We also have word of new stars joining the cast, including Florence Pugh from Midsommar and Black Widow as Princess Irulan Corrino. No Time to Die’s Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot, Elvis star Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, and Christopher Walken as the Emperor Shaddam IV will also join.

As more updates come down the pipeline, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest details from the production of Dune: Part II!

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