“Dune: Part Two” Trailer Reveals Love, War, & Christoper Walken’s Emperor Shaddam IV
The official trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two is as magisterial and majestic as you’d expect, yet it also hints at what so many of the folks involved in the final film—we’re looking at you, Dave Bautista—have said about the second installment—it’s an absolutely ripping adventure.
The trailer opens with Timotheé Chalamet’s Paul Atreides in the desert of Arrakis, the vast, dangerous dune fields where he and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), escaped after House Harkonnen’s brutal assault and slaughter of so many members of House Atreides in Part One. Paul and Lady Jessica were able to escape thanks to Chani (Zendaya), a member of the Fremen community who lives in the desert and who have called Arrakis home for generations. Yet Paul wasn’t looking to simply escape—he went into the desert with the hopes of leading the Fremen to a victory over House Harkonnen, the longstanding despotic overlords of the Spice-rich planet who have brutalized the Fremen, murdered his father, and killed so many of their friends. Unlike his father, Duke Atreides (Oscar Isaac), Paul believes in and actively seeks revenge. Part Two will track Paul’s struggle with his growing powers, his role as a prophet, and the powers aligning against him.
The official trailer reveals a lot of the new faces that will play such crucial roles in the final installment. Those include Austin Butler’s Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, a young, brutal warrior whose destiny is intertwined with Paul’s (their fight is one of the most iconic moments in Frank Herbert’s book). There’s also Florence Pugh’s Princess Irulan Corrino, Léa Seydoux’s Lady Margot, and Christopher Walken’s Emperor Shaddam IV, the prime mover in the galactic empire, who is glimpsed for the first time here.
The trailer also reveals the return of one of Paul’s allies, Josh Brolin’s Gurney Halleck, a key ally going forward. While Part One was a brilliant piece of filmmaking and an incredible table-setter, the official trailer for Part Two reveals just how much of the most thrilling parts of Herbert’s story Villeneuve and his co-writer Jon Spaihts saved for last.
Check out the official trailer below. Dune: Part Two hits theaters on November 3.
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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET as Paul Atreides and ZENDAYA as Chani in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE: PART TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise