Filming on Dune: Part II has officially commenced, with director Denis Villeneuve set to take his production to the likes of Italy, Abu Dhabi, Budapest and Jordan.
The much-anticipated Dune arrived to commercial and critical success last year, with plans for a second film already confirmed before its release.
The first movie told the story of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) whose family, the House Atreides, are thrust into a war for the deadly and inhospitable desert planet Arrakis.
The cast included Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.
Dune Part One included the plot of around half of the epic novel written by Frank Herbert, while Part Two will focus on the second half.
The official synopsis for part two 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 endeavours to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee."
Dune Part Two surprises
Fans of the book will understandably be aware of how the plot will develop, but Dune actor Bardem has promised surprises nonetheless.
"I’ve read the new draft," Bardem said at Cannes.
"II think they’ve done an amazing job of putting together the pieces in a way that is going to surprise people. They won’t be surprised , obviously, because they’ve read the book, but they’ll be surprised by the way they put it together.
"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 the spectacularity of it. to go back to the desert with those people, and I’m so happy to go back with Denis, who is one of the greatest directors ever."
The second movie has added to an already impressive cast with the additions of Christopher Walken, Florence Pugh and Austin Butler.
Villeneuve has previously hinted at a third movie potentially being produced which will an adaptation of the novel's sequel, Dune Messiah.
Dune: Part One
2021 • 156 minutes