Is there going to be a Dune 3? Is Denis Villeneuve working its next installment?

Dune 3: Warner Brothers showed the trailer for Dune: Part Two in theatres, a long-awaited event. Fans of the Dune book series know that Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet, has a story beyond the first two books.

Deadline has confirmed that director Denis Villeneuve plans to end his Dune trilogy spectacularly by adapting Frank Herbert’s Dune Messiah and going deeper into his works.

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About Dune

Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, first published in 1965, and is the first instalment of the Dune Chronicles. It is an epic story set in the distant future, where noble House Atreides is thrust into a war for the deadly and inhospitable desert planet Arrakis.

The novel has been called the “first planetary ecology novel on a grand scale” and described as an “environmental awareness handbook”. It has been considered an “unfilmable” and “uncontainable” work to adapt from novel to film or other visual medium.

In 2021, a film adaptation of Dune was released, directed by Denis Villeneuve, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth.

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The film is titled Dune: Part One and is the first of a two-part novel adaptation. The film follows Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet, as he navigates the dangerous planet Arrakis.

The film received positive reviews for its visuals, score, and cast, but some critics found it slow-paced. A sequel to the 2021 film, Dune: Part Two will be released on November 3, 2023.

Dune 3 will come after Part Two

Dune: Part Two will be one of the year’s most popular movies, and a new story says that plans are already underway for Dune 3.

Frank Herbert’s book laid the groundwork for modern science fiction, but adapting it to the big screen has always been challenging. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s version was the first to fail, with a budget that kept going up and a 14-hour runtime.

David Lynch’s version was the most famous, but it didn’t work, even though some defended it. Dexerto says Dune: Part Two is the “second picture in a planned three-film saga.” Even though it hasn’t been told, the third movie would probably be based on Dune: Messiah, the second book in Frank Herbert’s Dune Chronicles.

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It was turned into a film in 2003 called Children of Dune. Villeneuve will almost certainly return as director, and author Jon Spaihts will also return.

The third part will continue the story, and Villeneuve and author Jon Spaihts will likely write it together. Even though the studio hasn’t said they are working on Part Three, fans can still hope this visionary trilogy will be finished. This is not the first time Dune Messiah has been turned into a movie. The drama Children of Dune aired in 2003 and was primarily based on the book.

What is the release date for Dune 2? states that the movie Dune 2, Dune: Part Two, will appear in theatres on November 3, 2023. The movie was meant to come out on November 17, 2023, but that date was moved up by two weeks after Marvel said that its Blade reboot would come out in 2024 instead.

Then, Dune: Part Two took the spot in early November, which was great because The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is coming out on November 17, and the two highly anticipated movies would have been competing in theatres.

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Unlike its first part, Dune: Part Two will not be shown at the Venice Film Festival. But a run at a festival is not impossible, especially since the Cannes Film Festival is coming up at the end of May.

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Who plays who in Dune 2?

Many A-list actors are back for Dune 2, and some familiar names have also been added.

  • Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
  • Zendaya as Chani
  • Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan
  • Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
  • Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica
  • Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
  • Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban
  • Javier Bardem as Stilgar
  • Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot

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What’s the story of Dune 2?

Dune 2 will be based on the second half of Herbert’s books, but this outline will keep everything private. The official synopsis for the second chapter reads:

“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.”

Dune 2 Trailer

Trailer 2 released on June 29, 2023

Dune: Part Two | Official Trailer 2

Trailer 2 released on May 3, 2023

Dune: Part Two | Official Trailer

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