“Dune: Part II” Trailer Unveils Stunning Look at Conclusion of Denis Villeneuve’s Epic Adaptation
Earlier today, we got our first peek at the teaser for Dune: Part Two—now, we’ve got the full trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two, and it’s a stunner. The official trailer for Villeneuve’s ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic 1965 sci-fi novel reveals the evolution of Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, who has matured into the Muad’Dib, prophet of the Fremen, the desert-dwelling people he turned to at the end of Part One after his father had been assassinated and nearly all of House Atreides had been destroyed. The trailer also hints at the expanded role for Zendaya’s Chani, a member of the Fremen who played an integral part in helping Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), escape.
One of the most stunning moments in the trailer reveals Paul riding one of the colossal sandworms that dominate life on the planet Arrakis. When we last left Paul, he and Lady Jessica had barely survived the surprise attack ordered by the Emperor and carried out by House Harkonnen. The Emperor was a shadowy presence in Part One, but he’ll have a larger role to play in the sequel (he’s played by Christopher Walken).
The trailer hints at the “amped-up” tone of Part Two that Dave Bautista was enthusing about. Bautista plays House Harkonnen henchman Glossu Rabban Harkonnen, but he’ll have company in the villain department as the sequel includes a lot of the biggest action set pieces in Herbert’s original book. Villeneuve and his writing partner, Jon Spaihts, made the masterful decision to break Herbert’s tome into two parts, with part one ending just after Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård)’s attack on House Atreides, and Part Two including Paul’s maturation, Chani’s increased importance, and the inclusion of major characters and deadly drama.
The new trailer revealed changes, both emotional and physical, to Paul, who now sports the icy blue eyes of the Fremen, the result of constant exposure to Spice, the psychoactive substance that has made Arrakis the most valuable and fought-over planet in the universe. Returning castmembers from Part One include Josh Brolin’s Gurney Halleck (an ally to Paul and Lady Jessica), Bautista’s aforementioned Glossu Rabban Harkonnen, Skarsgård’s aforementioned Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, and Javier Bardem’s Stilgar, a leader of the Fremen.
Part Two also boasts new faces in major roles, including Léa Seydoux’s Lady Margot, Florence Pugh’s Princess Irulan Corrino, Austin Butler’s Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, and Walken’s aforementioned Emperor Shaddam IV.
Villeneuve shot all of Part Two using IMAX cameras, and he said at the recent CinemaCon in Las Vegas that he built brand new sets to avoid any repetition from the original film. “We went to all new locations…everything in the film is new,” he added.
Dune: Part Two is set for a November 3, 2023 release.
Check out the trailer below.
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Featured image: Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in “Dune: Part Two.” Courtesy Warner Bros.