Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two has begun filming today, and we’ve also gotten official sign-off on the cast as well as a synopsis of what Part Two will focus on.
According to Variety, Villeneuve and his cast and crew will film on location in Budapest, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and Italy.
Warner Bros. and Legendary also confirmed the casting news we’ve already reported on: Austin Butler (Elvis) will be Feyd Rautha Harkonnen, Christopher Walken will play the Emperor, Florence Pugh will be Princess Irulan, and Léa Seydoux will play Lady Margot.
Part Two will also see the return of actors Timothée Chalamet (Paul Atreides), Zendaya (Chani), Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica), Javier Bardem (Stilgar), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Stellan Skarsgård (Baron Harkonnen), Dave Bautista (Beast Harkonnen), Charlotte Rampling (Mother Mohiam), and Stephen McKinley Henderson (Thufir Hawat).
Here’s Dune: Part Two’s official synopsis:
This follow-up film will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.
This synopsis is pretty vague, but if you’ve read Frank Herbert’s book you already have a pretty good idea about what Part Two will cover, assuming Villeneuve doesn’t stray too far from the source material. Villeneuve has also said in the past that he expects to focus on a lot of “Harkonnen stuff,” in Part Two, which is confirmed with the news of Austin Butler taking on the role of Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.
Dune: Part Two is set to premiere in theaters on November 17, 2023.