Denis Villeneuve’s Dune received an overwhelming standing ovation that lasted eight minutes when it premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2021. Unfortunately, Dune: Part Two will not be screened at the Lido di Venezia.
Indeed: the Venice Film Festival is held from August 30th to September 9th – too early for the sequel (releasing on November 3rd). The culprit here is the post-production: Part Two will be heavily reliant on special effects (considering what we’ve seen in Part One… it will be worth the wait).
Though there is a possibility that Dune’s sequel may debut early at another festival. According to Deadline, the film might premiere at the 61st annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) – held from Sep. 29th to Oct.15th.
Dune created a buzz when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in early September 2021, almost two months before it was released on October 22nd. It actually also had a screening with the NYFF, as well as the Toronto International Film Festival.
The second part of Villeneuve’s epic storyline follows Paul Atreides’ (Timothée Chalamet) journey as he unites with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen to avenge the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, Paul must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.
Chalamet and Zendaya return to reprise their roles in Dune: Part Two, alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skargard, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, and Charlotte Rampling. Newcomers to Part Two include Florence Pugh (Marvel’s Thunderbolts), Austin Butler (Elvis), Lea Seydoux (No Time to Die), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter), and Tim Blake Nelson (Captain America: New World Order).
Villeneuve and co-writers Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth have done a fantastic job with Dune 2, as noted by Bardem at the Cannes Film Festival. According to Bardem, the way they put together the pieces will surprise people, even if you read the book and know what happens. He further added :”I was very moved by it. It’s a movie that is full, and you can feel the weight of it, and at the same time [you can enjoy] the spectacularity of it.”
Dune: Part Two will exclusively release in cinemas on November 3rd, courtesy of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.