Two New “Dune: Part Two” Teasers Arrive as Tickets Go on Sale
Tickets are now on sale for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two, easily one of the biggest releases of the year. Warner Bros. has dropped two new teasers, titled “Heart” and “Rise,” to tease your opportunity to scoop up seats, and each gives us a very brief refresher on where we left off in the original and braces us for the war to come. And that war, and all the breathless action it will entail, promises that Part Two will trade in the magisterial world-building and slow-burn thrills of the first film for something far meaner and more relentless.
When we spoke to Dune: Part One and Two co-writer Jon Spaihts a year ago, he revealed that he and Villeneuve had left much of the most thrilling action from Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel for the second installment, choosing to focus Part One on the treachery and galactic scheming that led the galaxy to the brink of all-out war. Part One was centered on a young Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), who moves, along with his father, Duke (Oscar Isaac), the leader of House Atreides, his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), and nearly all of House Atreides’ soldiers, scientists, and advisors to the invaluable but dangerous desert planet Arrakis to help manage the crucial manufacture and distribution of Spice, the native element rich on that planet that makes interstellar travel possible. They do this by galactic decree (an unseen Emperor Shaddam IV has sent them—we will meet him in Part Two), and at the start of Part One, Paul convinces himself that even if his noble family is involved in the extraction of a precious resource from a planet not their own from a people they try very hard to ignore, what they’re doing is ultimately right.
Paul learns the hard way all is not what it seems. The major narrative thrust of the first film is the plot that unfolds against House Atreides, schemed up by the unseen Emperor and carried out by the ruthless, warmongering House Harkonnen, which led to the assassination of Duke Atreides and an assault on an unprepared House Atreidesby House Harkonnen.
Part One ended with Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica, escaping to the vast dunelands of Arrakis, where Chani (Zendaya) and the native Fremen, led by Stilgar (Javier Bardem), agreed to help them escape and plot their revenge. Part Two will focus on what happens when House Harkonnen and their vast intergalactic armies try to wipe out what’s left of House Atreides and the native Fremen entirely. Major characters from Herbert’s book now make their entrance, including Emperor Shaddam IV (Christopher Walken), Princess Irulan Corrino (Florence Pugh), Lady Margot (Léa Seydoux), and the psychotic Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen (Austin Butler), the man who features in one of the book’s most iconic sequences.
Check out the two new teasers below. Dune: Part Two arrives in theaters on March 1:
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Featured image: Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in “Dune: Part Two.” Courtesy Warner Bros.