We have been ready to catch a glimpse of Dune: Half 2, the second a part of Denis Villeneuve’s visually gorgeous, formidable adaption of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel. Warner Bros. dropped the primary official trailer at this time, that includes Timothee Chalamet’s Paul Atreides using a sandworm to win the respect of the Fremen, in addition to the introduction of the nefarious new villain from Home Harkonnen.
(Some spoilers for Dune: Half 1 under.)
As we have reported beforehand (additionally right here and right here), Herbert’s novel Dune is about within the distant future and follows the fortunes of assorted noble homes in what quantities to a feudal interstellar society. A lot of the motion takes place on the planet Arrakis, the place the financial system is pushed largely by a uncommon, life-extending drug known as melange (“the spice”). Melange additionally conveys a form of prescience and makes faster-than-light journey sensible. There’s betrayal, a prophecy regarding a messianic determine, big sandworms, and battle upon battle, as protagonist Paul Atreides (a duke’s son) contends with rival Home Harkonnen and strives to defeat the forces of Shaddam IV, Emperor of the Recognized Universe.
Dune is notoriously tough to adapt—as David Lynch found when he directed his critically panned 1984 movie adaptation—however Villeneuve discovered the trick was to separate the novel in half. The first movie lined occasions within the first half of the novel, and Dune: Half 2 covers occasions within the second half. However Half 2 wasn’t robotically assured; it relied on how properly the primary movie carried out, and Dune: Half 1 had the misfortune to run headlong into the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a number of delays in its launch date. Villeneuve wrote an op-ed for Selection, sharply criticizing the studio’s determination to launch Half 1 concurrently in theaters and on HBO Max (for a 31-day interval), predicting this might end result within the movie underperforming on the field workplace (“piracy will finally triumph”), resulting in a cancellation of the deliberate sequel.
Regardless of the stacked odds, Half 1 grossed over $400 million globally towards a $165 million price range, earned essential acclaim (you’ll be able to learn the largely optimistic Ars assessment right here), and snagged 10 Oscar nominations, together with for Finest Image. It gained six Oscars: Finest Sound, Authentic Rating, Movie Modifying, Manufacturing Design, Visible Results, and Cinematography. So naturally, Warner Bros. greenlit the sequel.
Half 1‘s finale left Paul and his mom, Woman Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) presumed lifeless within the harsh desert of Arrakis, having fled their dwelling when Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård) betrayed the household and killed Paul’s father, Leto (Oscar Isaac). They have been taken in by the Fremen, the planet’s native inhabitants, who embrace Chani (Zendaya) a lady who had been showing in Paul’s desires/visions.
All of the surviving ideas from Half 1 reprise their roles in Half 2: Chalamet, Zendaya, Ferguson, Skarsgård, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban Harkonnen, Charlotte Rampling because the Reverend Mom Mohiam, and Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat. New forged members embrace Christopher Walken as Shaddam IV, emperor of Home Corrine; Florence Pugh as his daughter, Princess Irulan; Austin Butler as Harkonnen’s youthful nephew, Feyd-Rautha, presumed inheritor on Arrakis; Lea Seydoux as Woman Margot, a Bene Gesserit who’s tight with the Emperor; and Souheila Yacoub as a Fremen warrior named Shishakli.
Per the official premise:
Dune: Half Two will discover the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen whereas on a warpath of revenge towards the conspirators who destroyed his household. Dealing with a selection between the love of his life and the destiny of the identified universe, he endeavors to forestall a horrible future solely he can foresee.
Selection lately unveiled an unique sneak peek at Half 2, coinciding with an unique displaying of the complete trailer throughout Cinemacon in Las Vegas. (It was not launched to the general public till at this time.) Villeneuve described Half 2 as “an action-packed, epic battle film,” extra dense and fewer contemplative than Half 1, and the complete movie was shot in IMAX (in comparison with 40 p.c of the primary movie).
We barely noticed Zendaya’s Chani in Half 1, so it is good to see her getting much more display time within the trailer, as her romance with Paul blooms. It appears to be like like there’s some rigidity brewing between Paul and Woman Jessica (now sporting facial tattoos), and we see Pugh’s Princess Irulan speculate that maybe this isn’t the top of Home Atreides since there’s an opportunity Paul may nonetheless be alive—which in fact he’s. There’s additionally a fiery scene that simply may be Harkonnen’s forces burning Caladan, the homeworld of Home Atreides.
Whereas Paul was younger and nonetheless very a lot a scholar within the first movie, in Half 2, he’s now properly on his strategy to changing into Muad’Dib, prophet of the Fremen. The plain spotlight of the trailer is the sequence displaying Paul’s first trip on a sandworm—mainly waterskiing throughout the sand, in defiance of Stilgar’s recommendation to maintain issues easy and keep away from fancy strikes. It is a main ceremony of passage in Fremen tradition. In one other scene, he prepares for a crysknife battle with Butler’s Feyd-Rautha (“Could thy knife chip and shatter”), his eyes now the identical icy blue hue of the Fremen as a result of common spice consumption. The trailer ends with Paul acknowledging the cheers of 1000’s of Fremen.
Dune: Half 2 is slated to hit theaters on November 3, 2023.
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