Fans will have to wait a little longer than expected to see the highly anticipated sequel, Dune: Part Two, in theaters. Here’s everything we know about the film.
The Denis Villeneuve film was slated to debut on November 3, 2023. However, it has now been plucked from the schedule and will be released in theaters on March 15, 2024. Yikes, that’s one long wait. The film isn’t the only one that is seeing a schedule change. Warner Brothers’ movie Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is being pushed from March 15, 2024, to April 12, 2024, and The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim was moved from its original release date of April 12, 2024, to December 13, 2024. These shifts come as the SAG-AFTRA strike continues without a seeming end in sight. As part of the strike, union members are not allowed to promote their projects affiliated with the major Hollywood studios and streamers. Without the marketing pull of their big stars, the studios are starting to shift their schedules around in hopes that the actors will be able to help promote their films once the dust has settled.
Many actors are reprising their roles in Dune: Part Two, including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, and David Bautista. New cast members joining for the sequel include Oppenheimer’s Florence Pugh, Elvis’s Austin Butler, and Pulp Fiction’s Christopher Walken. The second movie continues the journey of Paul Atreides, played by Chalamet, as he unites with the Fremen people of the desert planet and seeks revenge against the people who destroyed his family. Atreides is also trying to win a war and prevent the future that only he can see and predict. The sci-fi series is based on the books written by Frank Herbert. The second film was given a green light only a few days after the first film was in theaters. Per Variety, the first part of the epic earned $41 million in ticket sales in its first weekend. That’s a whole lotta dough. While fans are excited about the upcoming sequel, they will have to wait longer than they wanted to.
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