First “Dune: Part Two” Teaser Reveals Paul Atreides Summoning a Sandworm
How far has Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) come since the first Dune? Well, in our very first glimpse of Dune: Part Two, we find Paul out in the desert of Arrakis, deploying a thumper to lure a sandworm to the surface. The brief teaser—the full trailer arrives today—reveals Paul’s maturation amongst the Fremen, the native Arrakis who dwell in the Spice-rich deserts and have created a symbiotic relationship with the colossal, lethal sandworms that dominate the planet. Paul plunges the thumber, a short stake with a spring-loaded clapper on the end, into the sand, and it begins to do its work. With each thump, Paul’s date with one of the most fearful beasts in the universe draws nigh.
Check out the teaser here:
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The official trailer for Villeneuve’s ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic 1965 sci-fi novel arrives in a few hours. Part Two will focus on the matured Paul Atreides, who has now become the Muad’Dib, prophet of the Fremen. Paul’s undergone changes, both emotional and physical. As Part Two begins, he’ll sport 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. It was the Fremen, remember, who saved Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), at the end of Part One, after his father had been assassinated and nearly all of House Atreides had been destroyed. Part Two will also greatly expand Zendaya’s role as Chani, a member of the Fremen who played an integral part in helping Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica, escape.
The surprise attack on House Atreides in Part One was ordered by Emperor Shaddam IV 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, and he’s played by none other than Christopher Walken.
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 focusing on all the intrigue and drama that happened after that event. This includes Paul’s maturation, Chani’s increased importance, and the inclusion of major characters as Paul plots his revenge on House Harkonnen.
Returning castmembers from Part One includes 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.
Dune: Part Two is set for a November 3, 2023 release.
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Featured image: Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in “Dune: Part Two.” Courtesy Warner Bros.