Dune Part 2: Guide to release date, cast and plot

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Dune 2 could have been delayed (slightly), yet we have great news for fans: it’s begun shooting.

It was affirmed that shooting started on the sequal on July 18, 2022, so despite the fact that we’ve presently got to wait until November 2023 (instead of October 2023) for Part Two, we do at least know it’s underway.

The sequel, officially titled Dune: Part Two, will take fans back to Arrakis to tell the rest of the story, following Denis Villeneuve’s choice to split Frank Herbert’s novel in two which gave Part One a big cliffhanger to end on.

Here’s everything we know so far about Dune: Part Two.

Dune 2 release date

Dune: Part Two was originally set for release on October 20, 2023, however, it was pushed back to November 17, 2023. Not a great explanation has been given for the delay.

As mentioned above shooting started on the sequel on July 18, 2022 and will occur on the location in Budapest, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and Italy.

Dune 2 cast

Timothée Chalamet will return as Paul Atreides and his co-lead in the 2nd film will be Zendaya’s Chani, who we knew would play a bigger part two after Paul at last met Chani toward the end of the first film.

Other comebacks include Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgård as the villainous Baron Harkonnen and Dave Bautista as the Baron’s nephew Glossu Rabban (aka ‘The Beast’).

There will be a lot of new faces among the cast too as it’s now been affirmed that Part Two will see Elvis star Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV and Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot.

Souheila Yacoub was the latest name to join the cast and she’ll portray Fremen warrior Shishakli, yet maybe there may be additional surprises announced now that shooting is in progress.

Dune 2 plot

The 1st film covered just over half of Herbert’s book, ending as Paul and Lady Jessica were acknowledged into the Fremen and on their way to Stilgar’s home.

With House Atreides pretty much decimated, it will be them against the Empire in the sequel, where we’re certain to see more of Paul’s visions of his future coming to life as he leads a revolt against the Empire.

Villeneuve uncovered that he had toyed with ending the film later with the book’s time jump, but realised that his “first intuition” to break after Paul meets the Fremen was the perfect time to end it.

Thanks to Paul’s prophetic ability, the 1st film contained amazing teasers for what’s to come in the character’s future as he battles with his ultimate destiny, one that could be connected to Chani and the Fremen of Arrakis.