New Dune: Part Two Trailer Teases a Revolution

The battle for Arrakis continues as Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Dune: Part Two. A continuation of 2021’s Dune: Part One more than a sequel – essentially, it’s an adaptation of the second half of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel – Dune: Part Two finds Paul Atreides grappling with his role as a prophet while planning revenge against the enemy house that killed his father and destroyed his family. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, and Dave Bautista return from Dune: Part One; they’re joined by Florence Pugh, Léa Seydoux, Austin Butler, and Christopher Walken. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Part Two will arrive in theaters on November 3, 2023, and you can see the new trailer below:

After sitting through some awful movies lately, it feels great to be excited for something I can be reasonably sure will rock, and Dune: Part Two looks like it’ll rock. I loved the first half, and as it ends so abruptly, I’ve been hungry for the rest of the story. Every casting announcement they made was excellent, and the trailers have been stupendous. I like the idea of a guy like Paul Atreides having to figure out what being a messianic figure means, especially as everyone around him sees it differently. Giving different people their own perspective on what he represents makes a more thoughtful theme than just “Here’s what we’re saying about religion.” Visually, it looks amazing, and some of those shots are beautiful, like the final one with that explosion or Josh Brolin and his soldiers walking through the fire-engulfed night. I like the shot of Zendaya mimicking Paul’s knife attack from Part One, demonstrating a connection between the two. There’s a look at Florence Pugh at one point (it took me a couple of watches to realize it was her because of the headdress), but the highlight is the reveal of Christopher Walken, as cool and menacing as someone of Walken’s stature demands. And I think that was Austin Butler in the gladiator pit; is it me, or does he look much more like the comic book version of Gor the God Butcher than Christian Bale did in Thor: Love and Thunder? I don’t think I’m looking forward to any movie in 2023 as much as this.

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