For those who’ve seen final yr’s Dune you may know that it ends on one thing of a cliffhanger, having solely tailored about half of Frank Herbert’s epic novel. Fortunately, regardless of its Covid-compromised launch, we will be getting the concluding instalment of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi masterwork, and Stilgar himself, Javier Bardem, has simply offered a progress replace.
“I’ve learn the brand new draft,” he instructed an occasion viewers at Cannes, “and I feel they’ve performed an incredible job of placing collectively the items in a method that’s going to shock individuals. They received’t be stunned [by what happens], clearly, as a result of they’ve learn the e book, however they’ll be stunned by the way in which they put it collectively. I used to be very moved by it. It’s a film that’s full, and you’ll really feel the load of it, and on the identical time [you can enjoy] the spectacularity of it. [I can’t wait] to return to the desert with these individuals, and I’m so comfortable to return with Denis, who is likely one of the best administrators ever.”
The longer-term way forward for Villeneuve’s Dune-iverse stays to be seen. The director has urged that he’d ideally like to finish a trilogy, with the third half masking the occasion’s of Herbert’s (a lot shorter) sequel Dune Messiah. There’s additionally the matter of spin-off TV sequence The Sisterhood, concerning the witchy Bene-Gesserit order, destined to stream on Warners’ HBO Max service. That one’s nonetheless in improvement, with The Haunting of Bly Manor‘s Diane Ademu-John changing John Spaihts as showrunner final yr, and Chernobyl‘s Johan Renck set to direct the primary two episodes.
However earlier than all that, Dune: Half Two begins taking pictures in Budapest shortly, with new recruits together with Christopher Walken as Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, Florence Pugh as his daughter Princess Irulan, and Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha, the devious nephew of Stellan Skarsgård’s Baron Harkonnen. The film is at present scheduled to reach on 20 October subsequent yr.