Dune: Part Two has officially entered production, the film’s Twitter account confirmed. In addition to the news, Warner Bros. also previously revealed that the sequel would be shifted from its original 20 October 2023 release date to 17 November 2023.
Dune‘s Twitter account revealed that production had begun yesterday on Part Two, which will be a direct continuation to 2021’s Oscar-winning sci-fi epic. Denis Villeneuve, who directed the first film as well as Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, will once again return as director for Part Two.
Villeneuve spoke with Collider about the challenge of adapting the second part of the book by Frank Herbert, stating:
“The first one, it was more to make sure that we will land in the world and that the movie will be accepted. Now it’s to make sure that we can close that first book, so it’s like there’s some premises that are in the first movie that I need to ignore. So yeah, I think I would say there’s more pressure with the second one in some ways.”
New cast members to Dune: Part Two include Austin Butler, who recently played Elvis in the Baz Luhrmann biopic, as well as Florence Pugh, best known for Black Widow and Midsommar. Butler will portray Feyd-Rautha while Pugh will play Princess Irulan.
The first Dune walked away with six Oscars earlier this year, including Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer), Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound. It was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, among others. For some reason, Villeneuve wasn’t nominated for Best Director, which caused a bit of fan backlash.
Unlike the first film which released in cinemas and HBO Max during the pandemic, Dune: Part Two will release exclusively in cinemas when it arrives later next year.