“Dune: Part Two” To Visit More Worlds

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We’ve yet to see a trailer or stills from Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune: Part Two” at this point as everything about the film remains under wraps for now as it continues post-production.

What we do know is that this will adapt the second half of Frank Herbert’s novel and continue the journey of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) who is now united with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen.

Paul seeks revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family and endeavors to prevent a terrible future that only he can predict. The project was shot over the back half of last year and wrapped shooting in December.

The film’s production designer Jacqueline West reveals to Deadline that the second film was a lot more labor intensive than the first with “a lot of costumes” made. Part of the reason was the first film was mostly set around the desert planet of Arrakis with brief visits to Caladan (the Atreides home) and Giedi Prime (the Harkonnen home).

The new film will spread a bit further out with a lot more time spent on Giedi Prime this time, and scenes set on the planet Kaitain which is the home base of the Corrino Empire where Emperor Shaddam IV (Christopher Walken) resides:

“In Part Two, you really dive into the different worlds of Dune. We see what the emperor’s world looks like. We go to his planet. We spend a lot of time on Giedi Prime, the Harkonnen planet. We spend a lot of time in Stellan Skarsgård’s [Vladimir Harkonnen] world. Feyd-Rautha [Harkonnen] also comes into this one, brilliantly played by Austin Butler, Elvis. He is pretty fabulous in it.

All the worlds get expanded. It was about creating three separate, different-looking worlds and also revisiting the Bene Gesserits, the age-old ones with these costumes that almost look like Egyptian mummies. I think it’s visually stunning, the sets, the cinematography and the concepts.”

West adds that she has a personal connection with the “Dune” novels as she lived on a houseboat with her first husband in California’s Sausalito harbor at a time when Herbert would sometimes go to write on a houseboat just a few feet away that belonged to his friend and philosopher Alan Watts.

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