The second part of Legendary and Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction masterpiece Dune is set to hit theaters next year, and it looks like it will be just as powerful — if not more — than the first film. Director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Jon Spaihts have plenty of characters (both old and new) to explore, as well as significant fights and political machinations, in this installment, so expect the sequel to be heavy on the spectacle.
In the new Dune 2 trailer, you see more Timothee Chalamet’s Paul Atreides taking charge and emerging as a messiah figure. The new video also features Lea Seydoux’s Princess Irulan embracing her destiny and Stellan Skarsgard’s Baron Harkonnen taking control of the planet Arrakis. You’ll also find glimpses of a battle between the Fremen and the monstrous sandworms and a series of stunning landscape shots that make the world of Dune pop.
There are some new faces on board for this film, including Elvis star Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, the evil nephew of Baron Harkonnen, who will go head-to-head with Paul in a quest for power on the planet of Arrakis. This is a role that Sting initially played in David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of the book. Florence Pugh is also joining the cast as Irulan, daughter of Emperor Shaddam IV; she’s a Bene Gesserit who will join Paul in his fight against the Harkonnens and the Padishah Emperor.
Christopher Walken also joins the cast as the god-like ruler who sent the Atreides family to Arrakis in the first place. He’s the one who will ultimately set things straight in this installment of the movie franchise.
Other familiar faces from the first film, such as Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck and Javier Bardem as Stilgar, are also back. Also appearing is Zendaya, who has a much more substantial role this time around as Chani. In Vanity Fair’s exclusive first-look photos, you can see her gently caressing Chalamet’s cheek while wearing a taupe headscarf and brown hooded cape.
Some of the crew from the first film are returning, including composer Hans Zimmer and cinematographer Greig Fraser. Moreover, production designer Patrice Vermette, art directors Tom Brown and Nancy Roberts, costume designers Donald Mowat and Jacqueline West, and makeup artist Donald Mowat will reunite for this sequel.
The new cast members will undoubtedly help Villeneuve and Spaihts craft a movie that’s even bigger and better than the last one. It remains to be seen whether or not Oscar Isaac’s Duke Leto Atreides will appear, though, as the Harkonnens brutally murdered the character in the first movie. It’s also unclear if Jason Momoa will be reprising his role as Duncan Idaho since he was also killed off in the first film.